The hardest part of my experience was getting used to the lifestyle in Beijing. I’m a first-generation Chinese American, but my family is from southern China, where cities are built skywards, packed together and wholly built for convenience. In Beijing, everything was spread outwards. However, as the program continued, I found that Beijing had its own charm. The people were extremely welcoming. I enjoyed those sometimes long subway rides to a new adventure, and I found a certain relaxation when I rode a bike or walked through the city’s countless hutong districts.