REBEL: From CrookedT to Jonathan Thibeaux

Some days, I feel like the world’s most confident person. With that confidence, it is sometimes difficult for me to admit my mistakes or to show my insecurities; yet, in peeling away the scabs of hurt and doubt, I discovered a core that is rich and ready to be awakened. For so long, observing the power and accomplishments of those …

BBB: In My Thoughts – I Travel Because?

With one-third of my program in Shanghai complete, I am now questioning my very reason for going abroad and traveling. When I first began this journey with you all, I expected to gain new life enhances/experiences and to grow culturally relative to the people of Shanghai. In many ways, I am being allotted these opportunities for growth: I am visiting …

BBB: Through The Looking Glass – Getting Over The Stare While Abroad

According to Dictionary.com, “to stare” means to gaze fixedly or intently; to be boldly or obtrusively conspicuous. Having been in China for only one week thus far, the looks I have received have been both bold and easily noticeable. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Shanghai, I became a mythical creature for onlookers to marvel at me.. …

BBB: The Why Behind it All

When you’re a kid, you dream of doing many things. From being an astronaut to a physician, you create a list of all the crazy and most amazing things you’d like to do. I too created this list and as cliché as it may sound, added to my very own bucket list traveling to and visiting each of the seven …

3 Stages Before Take Off

Golden dragons danced their ways through city streets as the beautiful ladies with powdered faces greeted onlookers. Royal chants echoed for all to hear while tourists gazed at the elders of the city practicing Tai Chi for stress free living. Fantasizing about this mystical land before my departure, I entered a mental journey—an epiphany that consisted of three stages with …