Zain El-Jazara

SIT Kunming, China

Describe your typical day: I would wake up at the same time as my host sister. Then I’d walk to school, have lunch in a local market, and go to class. I’d eat dinner with my host family, and then go out with friends in the city. Sometimes we’d do karaoke.  

Favorite food discovered while abroad: Noodles in peanut broth or hand-pulled noodles.

What was your favorite part of the city to visit? The surrounding mountains, we hiked there a few times.

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus? The friends that I made. 

What was one challenge you faced during your semester off-campus? Navigating cultural differences with my host family. My host parents expected me to teach my host sister English because they took something I said in passing really seriously. 

Advice: Speak as little English as possible. Really challenge yourself in a lot of different ways.