Help me go to Nanjing University, China

I am going to Nanjing University in China for the entire month of June 2014 with my school, Wesley International Academy. Going to China will be the best experience I've ever had. This trip will help me expand my Chinese vocabulary. I am interested in learning Chinese because it is fun. When studying Chinese abroad, I think it will be harder which will push me to the limit. I really need to go to China!
One big reason I want to go to China is to try new Chinese foods. I have been learning about the Chinese foods in Chinese class for years. I also want to see the scenery of China. I'd like to see the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. I have only seen China in movies. I bet it will be even better in person. I have never been to Asia before. I have only been as far as Central America. This is a great chance to represent my school and America well. When I come back, I would tutor other students.
This trip will be educational. I will get a chance to expand my Chinese vocabulary. When I listen to people speak in Chinese all day, I will be able to pick-up new words. I can get better at ordering food too. I will know so many words that I can teach my brother how to say "I'd like a bowl of fried rice with chives please." I don't know how to say chive in Chinese now, but I will after I go to China. When I come back, you would hear the improvement in my speaking and see the difference in my writing.
I am intrigued about learning Chinese. I love it for many reasons. One reason is it is one of the best subjects in school. It is so interesting and fun that I wish we had more Chinese time. I also like it because knowing Chinese opens up a lot of job opportunities. I could be a translator. Chinese is very interesting.
I think studying abroad will be hard, but it will help me grow. I will have to know Chinese really well to do what the teacher is asking me to do. There will probably be very little English spoken. It will feel like I am in college. My classmates and I will help each other understand. I think we will have an opportunity to share our culture. I think studying abroad will showcase my independence. This will help me understand the daily life of Chinese people.
I have many reasons I want to go to China that I shared in this essay. One big reason is I want to try new Chinese foods I have never tried before. Another thing I talked about is which aspects of the trip I think will be most useful for me and my future learning of Chinese. The third thing I talked about was what interests me most about learning Chinese. The last thing I talked about was what expectations I have when it comes to studying Chinese abroad. I hope you will help fund me for this trip.
By: Jassiem Konrad

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Jassiem Konrad 
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