China is disorganised, chaotic and often dirty and unkempt. China is also one of the most intriguing and mesmerising places, full of hospitable, curious people. It is here I learnt how to be more forgiving, patient, resilient, demanding and questioning. My year abroad hasn't always been easy, but I've come back from it a better person, having met incredible and inspiring people. Thanks to them I have discovered new passions and goals in life. Once you go abroad you can never truly come back. It sounds scary but it is also inspiring and life-changing.