Swinging Into Spring

Hi everyone!

I’m so sorry for my lack of posts after my first one in the fall. Senior year really packed my schedule between college applications and school work.

Another reason why I haven’t posted a lot is because I was studying abroad in Taiwan this winter term! I just got back on Thursday and am pretty recovered from jet lag. I lived with a host family and my wifi connection was through their cellphone hot spots. Therefore, internet wasn’t too accessible and fast. However, Taiwan was an amazing experience. We left on January 7th and arrived the 8th. For 9 weeks, I studied at the Providence University in Taichung, Taiwan. My Chinese improved so much, owing to my host family’s lack of English skills which completed the full immersion in a Chinese-speaking country. When my host family dropped me off at the hotel to say good-bye, they began to cry. I really miss them a lot. If you would like to read more about my travels, you can check out my personal blog at kdawes12.wordpress.com. I attempted to post once a week but unfortunately, I only posted three times. Hopefully it’s still worth a read!

After traveling to India this summer and Taiwan this term, Exeter has really provided me many international opportunities. I had planned to study abroad during my time at Exeter, and it is one of the reasons why I chose to come to Exeter. I have wanted to speak fluent Chinese and I knew living in China or Taiwan would be a necessary step towards that goal. For me, what made my Taiwan experience were the people I went with. The Exeter community is so close and open. I became best friends with people who I didn’t know before the trip. Being in a new country, we all needed to support each other and we did. Although we might not have talked before on campus, we were open to making new friends and having adventures together. This attests to the type of people Exeter accepts. Whenever the going gets tough and the tough get going, we will always have each other’s backs. I hope you will come to Exeter and witness this for yourself.

Best,

Kimberly

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About Kimberly

Hometown: Beverly, Massachusetts Class: 2015 Favorite Restaurant in Town: Green Bean Favorite Assembly: Dance Assembly Favorite Event: Abbot Casino Hi, my name’s Kimberly and I was a new lower at Phillips Exeter Academy. Now, I am a senior. I was adopted from China when I was eighteen months old, and I currently live in Beverly, Massachusetts. I am a boarder here on campus, and I live in McConnell Hall. For sports, I am on the varsity field hockey team (Moxie), and participate in the dance program. I was co-captain of the winter dance company this past term. I am a co-head of Precision, the all girls step team, ESSO Music Lessons, where students can teach children musical instruments, and HFCC Dance, where students go to the children's center and teach dance. I also participate in Exeter Poms, which is a dance team that performs at half time for football and basketball games. Lastly, I am a student listener, dorm proctor, and tour guide for admissions.