Category Archives: Maman Cisse: Fall 2013

The writings and musings of Maman Cisse from New Jersey City University (Fall 2013 Cohort – Chengdu American Center).

Maman Cisse: An Unchangeable Experience

This semester abroad will remain as the most unforgettable semester throughout my entire life.  This experience will make me stand out among my friends: how many people from my home university can say they have studied abroad in Chengdu, China … Continue reading

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Maman Cisse: Exploring and Being Active on Campus

China is all about discovery for me.  Exploring has become one of my new distractions, and I am grateful that Chengdu has many exciting places that I can travel whether it is Chinese or Western. This week was the most … Continue reading

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Maman Cisse: Do’s and Don’ts Before Coming and While in Chengdu and China

DO – The first thing every program does before sending students abroad is telling the students about the weather, food, and what they should be packing. That advice is for people who listen, right? Because I sort of did not. … Continue reading

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Maman Cisse: Another Amazing Weekend in Chengdu – A Nice Remedy for Homesickness

It is inevitable not to miss the people we love most back in the United States. Yet, homesickness only lasts a few moments when you have nothing but wonderful people surrounding you and who are always ready to help boost … Continue reading

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Maman Cisse: Exploring the Chengdu and its Diversity

What would you think they are, statues or real men?  They are existing human beings, and these men are amazing at what they do.  When I first saw them, I immediately thought they were statues until one moved – and … Continue reading

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Maman Cisse: Dinner with New Chinese Friends

This week I had some more interesting experiences. These incredible people are scholars at the Sichuan Academic of Social Sciences.  My new friends and I all have something precious in common: every one of them are law majors, but the … Continue reading

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Maman Cisse: Best Internship Opportunity Ever

The saying goes, “good or big things comes to those who try.”  Well, I have tried and it came to me with multiple useable wings. How many study abroad programs do you know that search for great internships for their … Continue reading

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Maman Cisse: Cross-Culture

Deciding to study abroad can be stressful, questionable, and even scary, because you don’t know what to expect. My first week’s experience in Chengdu, China has been amazing so far, because I am becoming more responsible, adopting to the cultural … Continue reading

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