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Going Up One More Floor

Guess where. Above 90 degree temperatures with sweltering humidity. Overwhelming swarms of people. Buzzing mosquitoes. Delicious food. Pandas. Yup, that’s my tropical island mansion. Well, I wish at least. I actually only left China a few days ago, where I am now currently relaxing with my aunt and uncle in San Diego. And to be

Its Almost Over…

The last couple of weeks in the program, it was a big rush and passed by extremely quickly. Everyone was rushing to do all the things they haven’t done yet in Beijing, and go to the places they haven’t been yet. I myself also did not escape this trend. At the beginning of the program,

On a Mini-Vacation

During our five-day break my roommate and I decided to go to Shanghai to explore even more of China. Shanghai is very different from Beijing. Maybe it was because we were mostly checking out areas where tourists usually visit in Shanghai, but I got a more “modern” and extravagant vibe from Shanghai while in Beijing

Great Wall!

So I’ve been in Beijing for a week and it has been something. The immersion was definitely a big change in my life. It was hard to go from only speaking in English with my friends at school to speaking in Wenzhounese with my family and then completely doing a 180 and speaking primarily in

China was Hot’n’Fun

Socio-cultural climate into which I was plunged was an experience like no other. Beijing University was a universe of its own and I have never seen a university campus of that size. During my stay in Beijing I tried to take as much as possible of the city landscape but during the final days of

I feel like a Dothraki

After the mid-program break, my classes of Chinese got more intense. I was finally able to put together sentences in Chinese and have a basic conversation. My new professor was great. At the same time, I have finished my Political Science class and started Chinese Traditional Medicine class. TCM is a very interesting area to

Breaking up with Beijing

After one month spent in Beijing it was time for a break. Not that Beijing is not fun and amusing, but traveling around China is amazing. My friends and I packed our things and got on an overnight train to Shanghai. I have been to Shanghai before, so I took us to my favorite spot

Pre-Departure

Prior to arriving in Beijing, I actually started my trip in Wenzhou in the Zhejiang province. I thought I would visit some family first before my study abroad program. It had been about 10 years since I’d last been there last and it was truly a pleasure seeing my extended family again. I’m glad I

The Bus Doesn’t Wait

The saying “the bus doesn’t wait” has become all too popular among Northwestern students studying abroad in China. Perhaps it is because the phrase has turned into one of Professor Gu’s mantras. But perhaps it is also because the bus, more often than not, does indeed wait. Of course, I’m talking about our trusty private

Packed and Ready to Go!

As the starting date for my study abroad program creeps closer, life has become more and more hectic. Between finals and moving everything into storage it feels like I have barely had time to breathe before launching into this new adventure. Either way, school is over and I can finally let myself be excited to