After 14 months of interning, studying, and living abroad, I’m finally coming home. The past year in China has by no means been a walk in the park. I had to figure a lot of things out on my own in a foreign country and in a foreign language, from navigating Chinese bureaucracy, negotiating with … Continue reading Leaving China After 14 Months (7.30.18)
Second semester is in full swing here at Peking University, and it's much different than first semester. After I returned to Beijing from my winter break travels, the city was basically abandoned, since most people returned to their hometowns to celebrate Chinese New Year. I didn't really do anything festive to ring in the Year … Continue reading 2nd Semester at PKU & Tianjin Trip
Fall has officially come & gone in Beijing (seriously, it's already winter in the lunar calendar -- although central heating won't turn on for another few days). For the last month or so, school has been simultaneously picking up pace and normalizing. It's that mid-semester lull where I can't tell if a lot is happening … Continue reading Fall in Beijing: Politics, Midterms, & Yellow Leaves
I had the longest journey ever making my way from Hong Kong to my new home in Beijing in one day: flying into Shanghai, taking the Maglev train (it uses magnetic levitation -- so fast!), the metro to Jingan, picking up the rest of my belongings from an FSO's house, and taking the high-speed train … Continue reading Beijing Beginnings
I've officially attended Changzhou Senior High School (常州高级中学) for a full week! Unlike most of the other NSLI-Y / AFS kids, my host brother goes to the same school as me, and we're even in the same class. There are four Chinese language classes a day (approximately 4 hours worth) with the other NSLI-Y / … Continue reading Chinese School & Mid-Autumn Festival!
While re-reading my travel journal from my experience last summer in China in preparation for my upcoming trip, I stumbled upon this section that I thought I'd share. It reminded me of why I love China so much, and got me super excited for my next adventure (which is 3 weeks away)! "At first, I … Continue reading An Excerpt from my Travel Journal
This past summer, I spent six weeks in Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China on a program called NSLI-Y through the State Department. While there, I stayed at the school during the week with my host sister & two other roommates and went home to my host sister's house on the weekends. Seventeen other Americans and I went … Continue reading NSLI-Y China Summer 2013: Jiaxing, Zhejiang