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Category: Pre-Departure

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

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

The Wayward Path Ends Where It Began

This has been a time of change. I like to think of change as a baby elephant we are always riding. With more change, more age, the elephant grows up and inevitably, we become more aware of the world around us. It was just one week ago that I hurriedly scribbled away the last words

My “Post-Grad” Plans

Hello! My name is Jena DiFiore and I just submitted my last final at Northwestern. I’m extremely nervous and excited to walk across the stage on Saturday and then I leave for Beijing the next day! Everyone keeps asking me “So what’s your post-grad plans?” and it feels pretty cool to say “I’m going to

Exciting Fear and Fearful Excitement

Hi! My name is Josh, and I am a rising sophomore! In a couple days, I’ll be off to Beijing, China from Los Angeles, California. I will be studying at Peking University for two months, where I will be studying Public Health, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Chinese. While I am excited for what new experiences

A New Adventure!

Hi! My name is Esha, and I am a rising sophomore currently at O’Hare airport about to leave for Beijing, China! I am going to be in the Public Health program at Peking University. I am both nervous and excited at the same time. I have never traveled outside of North America, let alone stayed

New Adventures

Hello! My name is Amy. I am a junior in Weinberg majoring in economics, minoring in global health studies and getting the integrated marketing certificate. My family is from Hangzhou, China, and I was born and raised there until my family moved to Minnesota after I completed third grade. This is my 4th time visiting China

Capital Connection

The way I prepare to travel is one big paradox. I’ve been following Chinese news since before I was approved to be part of the Wanxiang Fellows Program and read the program guide from cover to cover, yet here I am packing at 3am for my 8am flight tomorrow. I received an email alert for

An unforgettable experience

Hi! My name is Maegan Ramchal and I’m a rising junior in Weinberg. I’m studying psychology and environmental sciences. I’ll be doing the IPD Public Health program in Beijing. Right now I’m sitting in my room surrounded by half-packed suitcases and unfolded clothes, but in less than 2 days I’ll be in China! The last

Procrastinating Packing

Hi! My name is Mandy Pokryfky and I just finished up my sophomore year at NU. A little bit about myself… I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering and I am about to embark to China as part of the Wanxiang Fellows Program where I will be studying Energy Technology and Policy. I am currently writing