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Month: June 2015

Back to Beijing

Hi! I’m Lisa. I’m a chemical engineering junior. The reason I decided to come to China is probably different from everyone else’s because I actually lived in China for four years, and I’m already really familiar with Beijing. So I’m not trying to get new cultural exposure. The reason I’m coming is actually because I’m

See ya in a few Chicago!

Hi! I guess I’ll start with just a few speed-dating type facts about myself. My name is Linda Yu and I’m from Chicago. I am currently a sophomore (rising junior) studying Learning and Organizational Change and Economics, and I’ll be going on IPD’s Public Health in China Program in Beijing. Now, you might be thinking

The country my family calls home

My name is Yue Wen Deng, and I’m a rising junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Global Health. Besides my love for all things genetics and molecular biology, I am interested in public health as well, in particular health disparities and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Having grown up in the U.S., I chose the Public

Onward and Outward

Hey! I’m Kevin, a freshman in SESP studying social policy and economics. I am from Clearwater, Florida, and I have never left North America. My education has proven to be remarkably rewarding, yet I feel restricted by my lack of international exposure. I knew that I wanted to study abroad before I left for college.

Thoughts from the Teddy Bear-Covered Couch

I intended on writing this blog during the 8 hour layover between my flight from New York City to Amsterdam. Instead, I’m writing this from my couch at home. Well, why did that happen? Because the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry (it took me like 15 minutes to find an

First peek at Peking!

When I was younger, my mother prepared a homemade workbook of Chinese characters for me to learn and copy. In my attempts to avoid these Chinese lessons, I would play hooky and sprawl over my desk, pretending to have fallen asleep. I was reprimanded and told that I would later regret not learning Chinese in

Uncomfortably Getting Out of the Comfort Zone

“Skip China dude,” my friend said as he tried to convince me to stay home and go to the beach with him. The beach is a persuasive offer because it is familiar to me. I know what to expect, because I have been there so many times. It is relaxing, because I know all the

See ya in Beijing

Hi! My name is Jessica and I am a rising junior studying Biology and Global Health, and I’m also on the premed track. I’m so excited to be studying abroad this summer and to be blogging about my experience. I chose to study abroad in Beijing on the Public Health in China program so I