Monthly Archives: November 2013

Chanel Wright: The Ancient Art of Dumplings

The greatest aspect of learning a new culture is trying the new foods. I especially love the ability to try new food and find them super delicious. This weekend we were able to experience a dumpling tutorial from a local … Continue reading

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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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Colleen LeFevour: Support Systems

Living in a new country with a completely new culture surrounding you, you are bound to find difficulties and experience hardships during your time here. Of course, there are more good than bad, but it is best to have a … Continue reading

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Stephanique Brown: The Home Stretch

It saddens me to say this, but it is almost time to go home. Less than 40 days from now, I finally get to see my family. It is a bitter sweet realization of this fact, because I have grown … Continue reading

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Stephanique Brown: My Experience in the Mountains of Juizhaigou

Never in a million years would I have thought about facing my fear of heights in one of the beautiful wonders in China. 4000 meters in the clouds, it gave the feeling of being vaulted into heaven in a way. … Continue reading

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Shari Piontkowskie: Life in Chengdu

I find it hard to believe that there are only six weeks left. I know some people are counting down the days, but I have a feeling that if I do that, it’ll just make me sad.  This semester has … Continue reading

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Shari Piontkowskie: Advice Blogging

It’s weird – prior to leaving home I had this idea that I’d be homesick from being away from my family for such a long period of time; I honestly didn’t think I could handle it. But now, almost two … 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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