Qiao “Bridge” Hu moved to the United States when he was 16 as an international student to attend a boarding school in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Hu had long known he wanted to attend college in America. Because his father spent some time at an exchange program at Duke University, the family decided that Hu should move to the United States earlier rather than later so he could better integrate himself into his new surroundings.
Despite attending an international school back in Beijing, Hu still struggled to adapt to his new surroundings initially. He doesn’t regret coming, though. He currently attends the University of Washington.
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