Studying Chinese has taught me not only a new way of speaking, but a new way of thinking. Learning a language opens up a new world of people, cultures, and perspectives, and your own self-perception is forever changed. Being able to travel to China and speak an unfamiliar language in an unfamiliar environment was a reminder to me that the world is so much more than what I see on a day-to-day basis. I now feel that one can never fully understand their own society until they are an outsider in another. I am so thankful to all of my Chinese friends and teachers who have challenged me to see the world through a different lens and to never give up in pursuit of proficiency.