In addition to the many choices that America gives us every day, I love how open and free spirit everyone in here!

Not Like Home

I have noticed that most of my friends here in America and most of the people that I have seen really enjoy living in the moment and embracing every day. In China, the majority of people save up as much money as they possibly can and they don’t spend money on fun things nearly as much as Americans do.

I don’t mean to sound like everyone should just go out spending as much money as they can and not have a care in the world. I have definitely seen how this can be a bad thing. A lot of my friends are careless with their money and I have seen them spend over $100 in one night at the bar! I am never this careless and even though I have embraced a lot of the American culture in regards to having fun, I still have a part in me that likes to be a little responsible :)

There is no way I would have ever even had half of the fun I have had here in America if I still lived in China. I think it works for a lot of people in China and they like doing it, but having fun and letting loose with my friends has given me some of the best memories I will ever have!

A huge thing that I love about living in America is that you have so many choices when it comes to pretty much everything! Whether you are looking for a new car, a new house, or even a new shower your possible options are endless! Alright I don’t really know how many different kind of showers there are out there but you know what I mean :)

My House

I don’t really know why, but my parents have been re-doing a lot of our house and it really got me thinking about how different everything is here in America than in China. I think it might be their nice way of telling me to GET OUT once I graduate next year :)

Just kidding… I hope.

I swear I’ll still clean the house Mom!

Anyways, my dad just had some guy come in and re-do our entire family room and downstairs bathroom and now he has called a bunch of different places to get a whole new roof on our house.

I wouldn’t even know where to begin with something like that and I don’t think my dad did either because he didn’t even try to act like this was something he would be able to do and did what anyone else would have. He went to the internet!

Now I don’t feel as bad for the comments on roofers I made a few posts back because there are tons of them! They must make good money for having so much competition.

Well anyways, my dad had like 4 different companies come over and finally decided on one at www.mastersroofingco.com because they were the cheapest. This is what I love about America. I would have never guessed in a million years that there were so many roofing companies out there and from the little I was overhearing, you have all the choices in the world as far as what you want to do with your house.

I don’t know the first thing about construction or anything like that and our roof and house look fine to me but what do I know? Instead of just trying to patch up and fix the roofing that is worn out, my dad decided to go all out and replace our entire roof. It was funny watching my dad listen to the companies that came over and tried to explain different things about roofs to him and he just stared blankly at them and waited until they finished so he could ask them how much is this going to cost him.

I don’t think there is a country in the world that gives you so many options for everything and I love it. If you don’t like something from someone you don’t have to go far to find something different!

Following my last couple on opportunity and school I want to talk more about college because I am currently in my junior year and it is a huge part of my life. I still live at home with my parents :( and thought it would just be the smarter decision to make for my life and future because of how much it costs to actually live on campus.

Am I Alone?

Another reason I decided to write about this is because I stumbled upon this article from the US News website that said only 19% of college freshmen still live at home. I am sure that number is even lower for students in my grade.

I knew that the number would be lower than people who live on campus, but I didn’t think it was going to be that much lower.

Wonder Why?

I think the majority of students who go and live on campus the first year are just there to party and make friends. I am definitely not saying that there is anything wrong with this by the way! Sometimes I wish I would have been able to experience some of the college life that a lot of my friends live every day but I still go to parties sometimes on the weekend so I am not a total hermit :)

I just could never justify spending all those thousands of dollars to be able to party. I am sure my parents appreciate it too :)

Stay tuned for tomorrow and I will get back to more on why I love America!

Kind of continuing my post about school from yesterday I think American is so awesome and stands out from other countries because of how many opportunities you are given here, if you are willing to work hard at least.

Even if you don’t think you want to go to college or if you can’t afford it, there is definitely something that you can find here to make a living! I am lucky and have great parents that have always taken my school work very seriously and have always made sure I tried my hardest. I didn’t get any full scholarships or anything like that, but I was definitely prepared for college when I started :)

Never Too Late!

What I love about America and college, is that even in some of the classes I am taking now I have people in their 30’s or 40’s right in class with me. I love seeing that and it really shows you that it is never too late to make something of your life or even if you want to change your degree or job you can always go back to school and make a completely different choice for your career.

In China this really doesn’t ever happen. Once you start doing your job whenever that may be, people very rarely ever change. I love the program that I am in but it feels good to know that people are so accepting of others who start school later in life or end up changing down the road :)

Luckily for me, I really don’t have anything negative to say about my experiences in school and it has been great! Just like nature that I talked about yesterday, I really don’t remember enjoying school at all when I lived in China.

I have definitely heard a lot of stories about kids being bullied in school but I never even worried about being bullied in the schools that I went to and everyone was really nice to me and actually really interested about where I came from and my culture.

College

I am currently in my senior year of college pursuing my degree in software engineering and I have to say, this has been the greatest years of my life so far. People were nice in middle and high school, but people in college have been AWESOME!

Everyone has been so happy to be here and just all around good people. We all know why we are here and we are all in this together :)

Even If You Can’t Afford It

The cost of college is the only downfall of it obviously and for a lot of people, it is a major downfall. What is so great about America though is that they have so many options for people if you can’t afford it or just really don’t think college is for you.

Remember these guys I talked about before?

Well I feel really bad for saying that no one really dreams of doing a job like this and that was kind of mean for me to say. Maybe there are people who love doing this kind of work and more power to them! There are tons of trade schools and other ways to get a good job in America and there is something for everyone :)

This one kind of has to do with what I was talking about yesterday so click here if you need a refresher :)

America is Beautiful!

When I lived near Beijing, seeing any kind of greenery or real nature was rare. In addition, if you did it was usually cloudy and unless you were right there, the smog just made the view look blurry and gloomy. What I love about America is that you have options. We have some of the biggest cities in the world here but at the same time you can drive anywhere outside of these big cities and go to a national park or beach and enjoy all of nature.

So whether you are a big city or a nature person, you can definitely find the best of both worlds somewhere here in America!

The picture above is Yosemite National Park. I have never been there but I can only imagine how amazing it would be to visit. I have only been to a couple famous nature spots but they were AMAZING!

Grand Canyon

My favorite one that I went to was definitely the Grand Canyon. I never would have dreamed of seeing something as amazing and huge living in China and I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to do it and see some of the amazing things that America has to offer.

I can’t imagine my life anywhere else :)

I kind of felt bad after my post last night about some attitudes I might have noticed when it comes to some people’s choices of work. I really didn’t mean to sound negative in any way to anything in America I promise. I love it here and just wanted to talk about something other than food lol :)

The Air Really Is That Bad

I don’t know how many people think or know about the pollution problem in China but let me tell you first hand that it is bad. Really bad. I saw a short news clip pretty recently where some company in Canada started selling bottles of “clean air” in aerosol cans or something like that to people in China and my friend started laughing, thinking it was a huge scam.

This is a real story by the way, look it up if you want to :)

My friend thought it was a joke and was just some rich guy trying to take advantage of poor people in China. Well, I’m not saying it isn’t some rich guy trying to take advantage of other people’s problems but the pollution is so bad in some areas that there really are people who buy this stuff and are happy to do so.

I haven’t been back to China since about 4 or 5 years ago and in some areas of Beijing it honestly looks like fog that we see here in America.

See guys, I love America and would never ever talk down about it :)

Now that I have probably spent too much time talking about my favorite American food, I think I can start talking about some other things that are different than in China :)

Different Work

A big difference that I have noticed here in America is that it is almost looked down upon if you don’t go to school and get a college degree to get a good job. This is one thing that I think could be improved in this country.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it is good that Americans are motivated to do well and to get an education, but I feel really bad for those who maybe can’t afford to go to school and don’t have many other options than to do construction or plumbing or anything like that.

Take this little video I found online for example.

I don’t think roofing is anyone’s really dream when they get older but when you look on the internet for people looking for roofing jobs, there are tons of them. In China if you got a job doing the same kind of roofing like this one and in America, you would be considered a very hard working and responsible man.

There seems to be too many people looking for jobs who are overqualified here in America and for some reason they are looked down upon. I guess the same thing happens in China but people are looked at with more respect there.

I hope I made sense with this one and didn’t sound like I was talking down to Americans at all because I definitely am not. My life wouldn’t be the same if I never moved here :)

After talking about the best burger I have ever had yesterday, I can’t help myself but keep talking about food because American food has to be my favorite part about living in this country. So if I had to pick a second favorite American food to choose from, can you guess what it would be?

I’m sure most of you could guess the answer at this point :)

Pizza!

I have only been to Chicago that one time that I talked about yesterday and it was the biggest city in America that I have been to yet so it wasn’t a surprise that they had some of the best food I have ever had. Most people who go to Chicago and want to try something different almost always go for the deep dish pizza and I knew I had to go for it when we went. Only after I got to try the burger from Au Cheval of course :) I did not want to try anything else before we went to the burger place. My parents aren’t the biggest fans of American meat dishes but I didn’t care. I made them take me the first night we were there :)

So after all the great things I have heard about the deep dish pizza in Chicago I have to admit, I was a little bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it was absolutely delicious. But there is something about having to eat pizza with a knife and fork that I just don’t like. I think it takes away half the fun of eating pizza! I definitely recommend trying it though if you never have had it. It was definitely an experience for an American Asian :)

Now that I talked about one of my favorite things that has to do with American culture in a broad sort of way yesterday I thought why not go into more specifics on my favorite American foods!

If you couldn’t tell by the picture I had from my last post, a good burger is definitely my favorite food from America if I had to pick one.

My Favorite American Meal

When my family went to Chicago for a vacation a couple of years ago I was more excited about the food than anything else lol :)

I had heard that Chicago is home to some of the best food in the country so I couldn’t wait to see what it was all about. I immediately began doing research on some of the most popular restaurants in the city and where I could find the best burger.

After a lot of research I found that there was a placed called “Au Cheval” and they had over 1,000 reviews on Yelp which is just crazy! So I made my family go and let me be the one to tell you that all of the reviews are true. It was the single greatest piece of food that I have ever put in my mouth.

I just got the normal cheeseburger (which is a double at Au Cheval) but added bacon to it of course. The bacon was literally the thickest I have ever seen and didn’t even know they made it that thick.

Tell me this doesn’t look incredible :)

Oh my goodness my mouth is watering just talking about his :)

I need to go get a burger now! Stick around.