I'm super excited to receive a contract so early. Now, reality is setting in and I'm feeling a bit nervous and terrified. I am thankful to @hippo and all of the other amazing people here on Tes that aided in my decision. I understand the anxiety that I'm feeling is due to the unknown. People can describe scenarios and places, but I can't fully understand until I experience them myself. Until then, here are some lingering questions..... 1. I hear everything about China is different than the US. How can I prepare myself for the cultural shock. 2. I've lived in the city my entire life, but will teach in a rural area in China. What am I to expect? 3. I'm very close to my family. Actually, we've never been more than 30 minutes apart. How do you cope with the separation? 4. Did you abandon your US/UK credit/debit cards or did you hand them off for safe keeping? 5. Other than the language/cultural differences are there other factors to consider? 6. Is ut normal to second guess your decision. If so, what can I do to reassure myself? I considered writing a letter to the future me discussing my current excitement and purpose for moving abroad. I appreciate all of your comments!!