My week started off a little challenging because I was not feeling well. I was frustrated by this because I had just gotten over the stomach flu from the other week. I am certain that the travel to Xi'an and all the poor air and constant smoke blown in my face from all the locals triggered my sinus congestion. After reaching out to friends for prayer and resting, I began to feel better as soon as Tuesday of this week. Praise God!
The students have been very stressed because midterms took place this week. I spent a lot of time meeting with them to encourage them and also to advise them with their academic plans as well. Many of them still have questions about their majors and their undergraduate pathways. I enjoy advising them and getting to know them all better during these appointments.
Besides getting through midterms, we are preparing for our upcoming EFT (educational field trip) to Tibet. Many of us watched "Seven Year in Tibet," and we have also received many orientations from the program staff about how to pack and knowledge about the culture and customs of the area. We are all concerned about elevation sickness but are also praying for our trip to run smoothly and safely. We leave on Monday, Oct. 22 and will return to Shanghai on the 29th.