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Adapting to a Chinese-Style Education

下课! (Xià kè) These two magic words signal the end of class. In a way, they also speak to wider characteristics of the Chinese educational system. In Chinese classrooms, students don’t even entertain the idea of packing up before the … Continue reading

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The Calm Before the Storm of Departure

On the eve of my departure, I’ve finally found the time to sit down and write this pre-departure post. I’ve tried and failed to fit my entire wardrobe into my suitcase while keeping it under 50 pounds. I’ve chased my … Continue reading

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Slow and Steady Wins the…Battle

With a slow and steady pace, I bow to my two 太极剑 coaches, 王老师 (instructor Wang) and 郭老师 (instructor Guo), and say, “Lao shi hao.” Having formally greeted them, I begin my exercise sequence: five minutes of neck, shoulders, hips, … Continue reading

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口头报告, the Assignment that Won’t Go Away.

To introduce my studies and projects in the ACC program, I decided to follow a particular assignment that I complete just about every week: 口头报告. As a side note, those curious about studying Mandarin Chinese may not know what that … Continue reading

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“Modern” China

Beijing is a modern city. China is a modern country. That’s what I’ve been hearing over and over again since arriving here. One of my first Chinese lessons was all about modernization, and since then 现代化 (xiandaihua, or modernization) has … Continue reading

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Two Beijings

“Oh, Beijing is a crowded and dirty city. I’m not too fond of it,” a friend from China responded to my comment about studying abroad in Beijing. Well, hardly the enthusiastic response I hoped to hear. I chose Beijing partly … Continue reading

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A Day in the ACC Life

Here’s what the typical day at ACC looks like for the first couple weeks: 5:30am- First alarm goes off. Jump out of bed, quietly make your way to the restroom to get dressed without waking the roommate. 5:50- Now that … Continue reading

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Can I Borrow Your Crayon? – Making New Friends in Rural China

During our ACC sponsored 5 day field trip to Xi’an, we spent a day at a rural elementary school named Yongfeng Primary School. Prior to our visit, we were all assigned buddies and wrote them a letter introducing ourselves. My buddy’s … Continue reading

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Freshmen Orientation: China Style

In America, the first month of college is full of school spirit and social events. That awkward eagerness to meet as many other freshmen as possible and to establish yourself in the social ranks is a quintessential part of starting … Continue reading

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Hello Readers! My name is Caroline and this fall I will be studying abroad in Beijing, China with ACC Hamilton. I currently have 15 days until my September 1st departure. This pre-departure blog serves two purposes: to introduce myself and … Continue reading

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