Going To Sweden
On August 23rd, I’m going on a one-way ticket to Copenhagen. Afterwards, I’ll take the train to Kalmar, and head to Linnaeus University.
So in approximately one month, I will be leaving the comfortable urban landscape that is San Francisco to the nip freezing new landscape that is Sweden.
I’m spending these last few weeks wisely. Mending bridges, tying loose ends, and gaining few more pounds in burrito weight. I know it’s corny and I know lipinghuang.com is corny… But it’s hard to say goodbye.
I’m still trying to learn how to ride a bike. Still trying to learn some beginner’s Swedish. Still writing an A-Z guide for my sisters so they can take care of the household responsibilities that I usually do.
You’re telling me I’ll be leaving my family, friends and upgraded NVIDIA graphics card for a year abroad with my shitty Surface Pro? Sounds like a plan to me. Although nowhere in the plan was a strategy on how to leave everything behind without ghosting everyone.
But I’m not dying! I’ll still be here, and I’ll still be me. Not dead. more like being reincarnated somewhere else and then coming back in the future as a more nuanced and developed human being.
Contemplative and provocative thinkpieces are not my thing. Saying goodbye is not really my thing either. It’s hard for me to sit here and describe all the marinades of emotion that I’m feeling. My writing is best while writing about unfortunate events that happen to me.
But this isn’t an unfortunate event that I can lather on with funny jokes about how my BMI is higher than our debt to China. It’s a glorious, sublime opportunity that I’m moments away from clinching.
Like a difficult Portal 2 level, this next milestone is waiting to be achieved and surpassed. With a Gilman Scholarship on one hand and an useless blog on the other, I am ready for whatever opportunities and challenges await my presence.
Every day I wake up, I look forward to when the day ends. Because I know that every time the sun sets and the moon rises, the closer I am to studying abroad.
Studying abroad for a whole year in Sweden. All by myself as a Chinese, first-generation student. I just can’t wait… But because that’s how the laws of time and space work, I will wait.
Liping is the founder and editor-in-chief of lipinghuang.com. He is currently a sophomore at SFSU studying Business Marketing.