UDNSLIY Day 21 July 22

The waiting is finally over – Students moved in with their host families this afternoon! It was a much-anticipated event, opened by some introductory remarks by Dr. Chen, followed by some words of gratitude from Phoebe, an excellent piano performance by Skyelar, and a graceful modern dance performance by Joy and Samara. Although the students were a bit sad to be separating from the roommates and classmates they have grown so close with over the past three weeks, they were also a little nervous and extremely excited to finally meet their Chinese families, with whom they will live for the next two weeks. After the short ceremony and many photos, each student returned to the dorm building one last time to grab their luggage before heading to their new home. The host families prepared a variety of foods and planned a variety of activities for their new American sons and daughters. Some students made dumplings with their families; others played games with their host siblings; and others still went out shopping or for a walk around the neighborhood. Tomorrow is sure to be an interesting day as students recount their experiences from their first nights with their host families.

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