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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

Last Week in Beijing!

I can’t believe in one week I will be on my way back home to Chicago! The second half of this program has certainly flown by quickly. My last full weekend in China was certainly eventful. On Saturday, I met up with my aunt who had been visiting from New York. Together we went to

Almost done!

During the last two weeks of this program, I learned more about tuina, which is Chinese massage. There are many techniques, such as rolling manipulation (“rotating the forearm outward and inward in circles to lead to the flexion and extension of the wrist joint”). I really enjoyed being able to try the techniques in class.

Recommendations of Places to Visit!

Outside from the daily classes of Chinese language and Public Health, there are many opportunities to explore some of the major tourist attractions in China. Out of all the different places, two of my favorites were the Temple of Heaven and the Beijing Olympic Park. Both are easily accessible, with the most cost efficient method

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

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

Woah, We’re Halfway There

I have been in China for three weeks now and I am realizing that this is the halfway point of my six-week program… it is going by faster than I expected! A lot has happened since I left the United States, starting with the plane ride itself. It was almost surreal to watch our landing