Posts Categorized: Social Life

It’s over already!

In just a few days I will be back at home in Florida and my adventures in China will be over. It seems crazy how two months have gone by so quickly, yet it feels like a lifetime. I have done, learned, and seen so much that I never imagined I that I would get… Read more »

People-watching

It’s been a while since I was last in a country where I don’t fit in, so to speak. There are not many immigrants in China, so seeing a Black person can be rather uncommon. As a result, I’ve gotten a lot of stares, and even had some people take pictures of me. When I… Read more »

Long Weekend in Qingdao!

I am currently riding the bullet train on the way back from our long weekend trip in Qingdao! Half way through the program, we get a long weekend where many students choose to travel to cities outside of Beijing. Me and 5 other people decided it would be fun to travel to Qingdao! Qingdao is… Read more »

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

Hey guys, So as I just looked through a bunch of my photos from my trip thus far, it hit me that I have traveled to five different cities throughout China these past 8 weeks. When I initially began the trip I had no intentions of leaving Beijing and diverging from the campus and districts… Read more »

Bargaining Tips

One of my favorite things to do during my time in China is walking through small shops looking at cute trinkets. I remember my first time going to one of these shops–I was so excited and bought a bunch of really cute scarves for what I thought was a pretty good deal. It was only… Read more »

Bargaining in China: The Do’s and Don’ts

Let’s face it. If you want to buy souvenirs in China at a low cost, you need to learn how to bargain! The reality is that Chinese vendors will try to sell foreigners items at higher costs. So, if you don’t want to blow your wallet after just one or two purchases, I would suggest… Read more »

Some tips on/around Campus.

Hi Guys! So, I am currently sitting in a local little cafe shop, “Tomorrow’s Party Cafe” pretty sure it is called “Beautiful Time Cafe” but we have coined our own name for it, hahaha classic americans. For those of you who are the coffee shop kind of studier, this local little nook is a gem…. Read more »

Food Struggles

Six hours of class a day, taking impromptu trips to explore the city, experiencing amazing views on the Great Wall, and making new friends along the way. It’s hard to believe that it has already been three weeks since my time here at Peking University. But undoubtedly, one of the best parts of this experience… Read more »

Lose Yourself to Dance

During the Long Weekend, which is a break between the two, four-week sessions of classes on this program, my group chose to go to the Yellow Mountains and other rural villages in the area. The Yellow Mountains, or 黄山 in Chinese, which are located in southern China, are the source of this magnificent paintings of… Read more »

Oh, you speak Chinese?

It’s the question everyone asks you here, and it has dramatically raised my awareness as to the relationship race has within my identity. In America, frankly, mostly everyone looks like me, belongs to my culture and speaks English. At Northwestern, this was not the case since it has a wonderfully diverse community full of many… Read more »