China Volunteer 2013-14
Contrary to popular belief, I am not taking a gap year to find myself. I already know who I am (for the most part). I am Karen, a German-American girl (my mother is from Munich, my father from Erie, Pennsylvania) and have lived in Doylestown, Pennsylvania for most of my life. I graduated high school from St. John’s International School in Waterloo, Belgium this summer. Throughout high school, I was a part of an economics team, National History Day, and track and field, where I threw shot put and discus. I also enjoy reading too much, being in the Brandhorst Museum, and riding bikes. I know these things about myself, and now you, dear reader, know them too! However, I am ready for a drastic change of scenery. New challenges await my Bridge Year companions and me in Kunming. Both terribly excited and reasonably nervous at the same time, I am looking forward to a chance to grow, and maybe even grow up. Instead of finding myself, I will be broadening my horizons while exploring China, and hopefully accumulating some good stories to tell in the process.