Author Archives: Caitlin Moss

About Caitlin Moss

Caitlin Moss is a junior in the College of Liberal Arts majoring in Government with minors in French and Chinese. She hails from Concord, Massachusetts (yes, where the Revolutionary War started, for all you history buffs). She will be spending both the summer and the fall semester in Beijing, China studying Mandarin with Hamilton College’s ACC program, hosted at the Capital University of Economics and Business. In addition to her academic interests in government and language, Caitlin also enjoys running, cooking, dancing, reading, and foreign films. Aside from the obvious family, friends, Hilltop, and comforts of home, while abroad she will most miss the delicious taste of homemade New England ice cream (particularly mint chocolate chip). However, she has always wanted to live abroad and looks forward to immersing herself in a drastically different culture. This blog will be an important English-speaking outlet for Caitlin, as she will be adhering to a Chinese-only language pledge (scary!).

decompressing

As I finally sit down to write this post, I can’t help but ask myself why I’ve been putting it off for so long. I have been at home in Massachusetts since December 7th, and over the past month my … Continue reading

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snapshots part 2

As my days here are dwindling, I find myself in a state of confusion. Do I already miss China even though I haven’t left yet? What will I DO with myself when I don’t have 200 vocab words a day … Continue reading

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snapshots from one long adventure: part 1

So I must apologize that I haven’t posted in three weeks now either. Let’s just say that between an intense end-of-the-semester workload, Thanksgiving plans, and more, I’ve had trouble finding time to sleep, let alone blog! That said, I officially … Continue reading

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my ACC independent project experience

Way back at the start of the fall term, I wrote that one of the defining differences between my summer and fall semesters at ACC would be the independent project required of every student during the fall. Now, since it’s … Continue reading

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October: A Month Filled with Holidays

Aside from midterms and my week-long break of travel to Xi’an, October in China seems to be all about holidays, namely three of them: National Day (October 1st), the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (October 3rd), and Halloween (October 31st). With the … Continue reading

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Xi’an: more than just terracotta warriors

So for the past five days, I’ve been lucky enough to take a break from studying and travel with other students on my program, as well as five of our teachers, to Xi’an. Although we didn’t experience even a minute … Continue reading

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Classical Chinese: Ancient “Toilet” (or should I say “privy”) Humor?

Lately I’ve been feeling pretty bogged down by the monotony of studying. Every day I cram my brain full of 100+ new words, every day I have a test on them, and then proceed to forget some of the more … Continue reading

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same old? maybe not.

When I got back from the two-week break filled with traveling that followed the summer semester’s end, my impression of returning to Beijing to start studying again was that everything would be the same. After all, I have already had … Continue reading

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bits of my Beijing beginning

So I know you’re all wondering, what happened to this new blogger girl?  Did she fall off the face of the earth?  Did the Chinese government permanently quarantine her? Don’t worry, despite the fact that someone on my plane was … Continue reading

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Hello, China…almost!

As the first new blogger to be posting, I just wanted to say that I’m excited to be writing here and can’t wait to share my China adventures with you. I hope that you will enjoy reading my posts and … Continue reading

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