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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

Face to Face with Fog

I remember when I first arrived in Beijing, I didn’t even know it. Gazing out the window of my aircraft, I thought we were still amidst the clouds. Then there was the riveting jolt, signaling that we had just made contact with the airport runway. Huh? I thought to myself. After disembarking, curiosity urged me

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

After two weeks…

Two weeks have past since I started the Public Health program in Beijing and already so much has happened. I expected a greater amount of culture shock but I found that Beijing is similar to Chicago- albeit much larger and much busier. The local food is amazing. I ate at so many resturants my first

Reverse Culture Shock

It has now been five weeks since I left Peking University and China. Since then, I have traveled to South Korea and Nicaragua. When I initially left China, I was extremely excited to return to a country where I was familiar with the language and culture; however, I felt myself missing China more than I

IMC Memories

Hi it’s me~ The IMC class started about two weeks ago, and I didn’t know what to expect from it, especially since I’ve never taken a marketing class before. Thankfully, it’s going pretty well! The IMC class has 9 NU students along with 9 PKU grad students. These grad students sit in class, go on

Culture Shock Never Ends

Learning is a terrifying experience. That is what makes culture shock shocking. You are exposed to new things; forced into difficult situations; and become a stranger in a strange country. China is a strange country, but everyday I become less and less of a stranger. I got over the culture shock hump pretty quickly. By