Ngoc Duong | Beijing, China | Post 2

Ngoc Duong | Beijing, China | Post 2

I want to dedicate my second and last post to my feelings for the beautiful city of Beijing and how this exchange program has changed me as a person. While I have mixed feelings about the program during the first few weeks after I arrived, I gradually came to appreciate my experience here more. I have become more mature and adaptive. Living by myself without a support system or someone to check up on me regularly would have once been…

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Fernando Braga | Beijing, China | Post 1

Fernando Braga | Beijing, China | Post 1

I consider myself fortunate. This semester, the fall of my senior year, is my second semester abroad experience since being at Vassar. The first was sophomore summer. Both then and now, I enrolled in Hamilton College’s ACC (Associated Colleges in China) program in Beijing because I wanted to be in a big city in mainland China doing an intensive Mandarin language pledge program. More than halfway into the fall semester, I feel happy about my choice and hoped to share…

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Ngoc Duong | Beijing, China | Post 1

Ngoc Duong | Beijing, China | Post 1

After two weeks visiting my home in Saigon, Vietnam, one day before my departure for Beijing I had to admit that I was not ready, and even scared. Having spent a summer in Shanghai right before my exchange at Yuanpei College, Peking University (PKU), I thought I wouldn’t feel too nervous, as I was confident that I already knew how most things in China work, from traveling on public transportation, to ordering food in a restaurant, to asking for directions…

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