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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

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

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

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

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

Looking Back

It’s been about a month since I returned from my study abroad trip in Beijing, China. I’ve certainly returned to many elements of familiarity back in the United States, where road signs and restaurant menus are in English. Recalling all the experiences that I’ve had in China this summer, I can’t help but think about