Author: Maegan Prentice
By the time Meng Xin was in middle school he had learned that if he wanted to have an impact on larger issues, things beyond his own needs, he needed to choose his methods wisely and not fight the battles which are not worth the sacrifice of his power.
In an unfamiliar country and unfamiliar culture things can go very differently from what is planned. Sometimes the unexpected may be disturbing, other times the unexpected may lead to feelings of excitement and privilege. All of it is part of the journey.
Alexey Gavrilov’s instructor described traveling to America with his wife like going into a deep dark forest. “You feel that you have lost the path. You feel lost, but then you begin to understand that you are still the same person, still Russian and yet you can speak to Americans and they will understand you.”