Here are some of the differences you might find between living in China, studying overseas and coming back home again.
Living at home: Chat with friends online until 11pm then go to bed.
Studying overseas: Fall asleep at 2am while still doing homework.
After you return: Stay up late almost every night to make the most of the precious time you have with your friends.
Living at home: Visit McDonald's, KFC and other Western-style restaurants frequently. Be willing to try any Western food.
Studying overseas: Try all the dishes on offer at Chinese restaurants, but struggle to find anything that really tastes like home.
After you return: Only want to eat your mom's food.
Living at home: Always pay lots of attention to your hair style.
Studying abroad: Seldom go to a hair salon because of the high price.
After you return: Try almost every kind of style because they are affordable again.
Living at home: Feel free to ask your classmates any questions you might have.
Studying abroad: Language barrier is a problem. Local students tend to think Chinese students keep to themselves when they communicate with each other in Chinese.
After you return: Feels so good to be surrounded by people who share the same mother tongue.
Living at home: WeChat
Studying overseas: Facebook
After you return: Anything you can find.
Living at home: Never agree with your parents.
Studying overseas: Always want to say "I love you", "thank you" and" sorry" to them.
After you return: Still cannot tell them your feelings.
Living at home: Always complain to your parents.
Studying overseas: Only tell them the good news.
After you return: Can't wait to say "I love you, mom and dad!"
Living at home: Content to hang around with friends whenever you see them.
Studying abroad: Only say "hey", "how are you" and "what's up" to everyone.
留学时：见谁都只说 "hey", "how are you", "what's up"
After you return: Tears in your eyes at the prospect of hugging your old friends again.