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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

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

Half way done!

I am writing this while in Qingdao, a city in China famous for its beaches and German influences. I am in Qingdao for the short break we have in between the first and second half of the program. I cannot believe four weeks have gone by so quickly- but at the same time I cannot

Oh, The Cafes You’ll Go

From Monday to Friday, classes fill up our schedule: 9:00-12:00 Chinese, 12:00-1:00 lunch, 1:00-4:00 class (Public Health/Political Science/IMC). Trying to study and finish homework and, more or less, experience something new, I sometimes go to a cafe afterwards. There are multiple coffee shops in Peking’s campus like Paradiso Cafe and Beautiful Time Cafe. The latter

Settled and Thriving

Hi! My name is Esther Han and I’m a rising Medill junior currently in the Media & IMC program at Beijing’s Peking University. This is my first time studying abroad, and I’m excited to be here. A week’s already passed in China and I can confidently say that I’m thriving in this new, foreign land. Can’t

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

My heart is still in China.

It’s been exactly a month since my return home, and I still remember it like it was yesterday. Now that I’m back on campus, my friends want to know everything about my time abroad. But the experience I had there simply can’t be described in just a few words. There’s nothing like being in the

Back home…

September 14, 2016, and it’s been exactly a month since I left Beijing. It’s still hard for me to believe that I spent two months abroad in Beijing. The two months really flew by. It was hard to adjust at first – the language barrier, the different culture, the hot and humid weather, and especially

3 Weeks Later – Finding Common Ground

25 days ago, I packed up my bags and left my dorm at Beida (PKU), and took a 13-hour flight back to Chicago and a 4-hour drive to west Michigan. I’m home! I honestly can’t believe it’s already been so long – the time’s flown by fast, and I still remember a lot of my

Foreign Farewell

Hello Everyone! I can’t believe there are only two days left in the program here in Beijing! It’s unreal how close the end is. Though this trip was only 8 weeks, it felt like a lifetime. I learned soooo much about Chinese culture, history, politics, and language. This knowledge has allowed me to look at