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The moment is finally here! In a couple of hours, I will be on a plane to China for the first time ever. My name is Taina Rodriguez and this will be my first semester as an FIU student. This trip is really special for me, since this will be the first time I have ever traveled on my own, far away from my daughter. I can’t wait to explore China and see what their culture has to offer, and I am very curious how I am going to adapt to a new environment.

I have worked in the Hospitality Industry for five years. and it’s very important to be open to different diversities and have a great understanding about their culture. Interacting with people is the number one key in Hospitality and being a study abroad student will show that you are willing to travel around the world, that you want to learn new languages, and you will have a great understanding and appreciations of different types of people and their history. 

Packing for this trip was a nightmare! I am the queen of over-packing. I tried my best to minimize the clothing and products inside my luggage, but I just want to bring everything so I can be comfortable with all my favorite products. I really deserve a pat on the back since both my bags are not overweight. I also posted a picture of the money that I easily exchanged in Aventura Mall with no problem. The last photo is me at my surprise going away brunch that my friends put together.

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