The Chinese students have arrived safely in Richmond, after facing an early wake up call for the fifteen hour flight, winter weather and brief overnights in Chicago, and a long bus ride from DC. Lyris, from the Beijing New Oriental Foreign Language School of Yangzhou, assured us that she “had a comfortable flight and am not tired, but I am looking forward to meeting my host family.” The Chinese students got off the bus excited to get to know the Collegiate community, and the Collegiate team and their exchange partners got to know one another by exchanging passions, hobbies, and academic interests during games and informal discussion in the Octagon. At 5pm, the students met their host families, and were happy to be heading home with their Collegiate families to rest and to prepare for a day of welcomes, class visits, and discussions tomorrow.

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