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Category: NUinChina

Beijing Reflection

It has been a few weeks since I left Beijing and it is a little strange. I was jetlagged for a week after coming home! I miss all of the great people I met on the trip and I am really excited to see them again when we get back to Northwestern in a couple

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

One Week In…

After one week into the program, I pretty much got a taste of what the rest of the program is going to be like. I was tired yet still excited. We had just come back from being at the Great Wall and I feel like being able to keep up with the speed we are

Pre-Departure

Prior to leaving to China, I took a little trip with one of my best friends to LA. Looking back on it now, it was quite a bad decision because I got burnt before even setting foot on one of the hottest places to be in the summer. I came back home with less than

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

China – Here we go again

The main reason why I chose this program is because I’ve got a taste of China already. I’m not just talking about the amazing cuisine, I’m talking about my visit to China few months ago. December of 2017, I visited Shanghai and Beijing for five days. The experience was beautiful but underwhelming and the only

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

How Wet are the Wetlands

There are times when the mind believes teleportation is possible. I thought I was still in Beijing that morning. Before I knew it, one look outside the window told me our bus was rumbling through the dark streets of Hangzhou, pouring rain blurring my vision. Chatting with the Wanxiang student ambassadors was merry. I wanted

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