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Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20

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El campo de té

Luz Victoria, Participant

The alarm clock complained that it was 6:48 am when I heard a multitude of excited voices directly outside my window. It was only our second day in the mountain village of Bangdong, and despite how tired I was from our month-long trek across rural......Read More

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Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20


Homestay Reflections – Bangdong

BYP China Students, Participant

After leaving Bangdong village and transitioning into urban life in Kunming, Bridge Year China participants reflected on their two-week rural homestay experience through writing prompts. We shared these reflections gallery-style upon arrival in......Read More


Guilty Consumption

Jesse Millett, Participant

What did we do for last Friday’s global climate strike? We littered the Chinese countryside with garbage. While the world has embraced the climate change strike, with a reported 7.6 million people mobilizing, we were bunkered up in a small......Read More


Dining in China

Lauren Aung, Participant

Before you start eating dinner with others in China, a few preliminary steps must be taken: all rice bowls should be filled, everyone must be seated, and you should offer the people sitting next to you (and even better, across from you) food before......Read More


Sha Xi

Ben, Participant

A light pitter patter of rain accompanied us as we walked down the stone steps toward Shaxi.  Blankets of trees encased us on either side–the only goal was to not slip and go crashing down the mountain side.  Suddenly, the trees fell away,......Read More



JESUS ARROYO, Participant

Yak of the Week

It’s 7:56 A.M. and breakfast starts at 8:00 A.M. Us guys hardly ever wake up on time, but the sudden knock and good-mornings on our doors are usually enough to get us going. As I rush to get dressed for the day I give a short moment to......Read More



Jesus Arroyo, Participant

Hello everyone. My name is Jesus Arroyo and I come from La Puente California, just a few miles from LA. I grew up in a family of eight with my parents, three older brothers, and two younger sisters. My childhood was filled with trips to our......Read More