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大学好!

Julia Gabriele, Participant

Hey everyone!  It’s been so fun reading about everyone else, I thought maybe I’d post an intro of my own (and if you hadn’t noticed, I’m definitely not leaving it to the last minute at all!). My name is Julia Gabriele, and......Read More

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I’m Ian!

Ian Scott, Participant

Hi Guys! My name is Ian Scott and I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute next fall after our gap semester and whatever I decide to do during the spring (backpacking through New Zealand is a strong......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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Final Departure Details: China

The Boulder Admin Team, Dragons Admin

The time has finally arrived – you’re heading off at the end of the week to China for an amazing 3 month adventure! We are so excited for you! Please read the following information carefully, as it contains all the details you’ll need for......Read More

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Introduction from Sandra

Sandra Weinstock, Participant

Hi guys! I’m Sandra, and I’m from New York, NY. I’m really excited to meet you all and start our travels in China. I took Chinese throughout middle and high school, and after freshman year of high school I visited Xi’an with......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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Some Details on the Beijing Arrival and Lonely...

Joseph Vincent, Participant

Hello China Semester students—can you believe that you will be in Beijing in less than a week? First: A big thank you to all those who have posted introductions. For those who have not yet posted, please do so within the next few days! (: Second:......Read More

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Hello!

Joey, Participant

Hello!  I’m Joey West and I’m from Washington DC.  I’m taking a gap year before heading off to Hamilton College next fall. This seems to be a common theme so far, but I love doing anything in the outdoors, especially rock climbing,......Read More

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Final packing tips

Shuier Zhang, Participant

Hello all, We know that you have already been given a general packing list, but we wanted to give you an updated version for our course (it isn’t much different), but may be helpful for reference and double-checking. We also have a few general......Read More

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Hello from south of the clouds

Gong Jiaju, Participant

Hello everyone, I am Gong from South of the Clouds (Yunnan云南), your third instructor, so excited to meet you all in few days! I’m living in Dali, Yunnan and have been here for over two decades. It’s still my favorite place in China.......Read More

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A tidbit about myself…

Laureen Akram, Participant

Hi!  I’m Laureen Akram from Los Angeles, CA and I’m taking a gap year before heading to the University of Chicago. I spent the summer in Paris visiting my family and later as a counselor and dance teacher at a summer camp in Ojai, CA. After......Read More

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Your First Assignment

Joseph Vincent, Participant

Dear China Students, In the next few days before our course begins, we would like to ask you to complete one small task to help us instructors learn a little more about you. We’re asking that each student write an informal letter to your......Read More

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And so it begins…

Olivia, Participant

Hello Everyone! Elly, I’m very glad you were bold and paved us a little path. My name is Olivia Pruett and I’m from a small college town in Western Massachusetts. I’m going to be a “feb” at Middlebury College come this......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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Tentative Itinerary

Joseph Vincent, Participant

PRESENTING YOUR TENTATIVE ITINERARY! As we eagerly await your introductions here on the Yak board, we wanted to present you and your families with a tentative itinerary for your semester in China! Note—this itinerary will change. The intended......Read More

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Hello!

Ron Miasnik, Participant

Hello! My name is Ron Miasnik, and I’m from Mountain View, California (though my family is originally Israeli). I’m taking a gap year before starting school at Princeton University. I just got back from a three-month trek around the world with......Read More

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Electronics Policy

Joseph Vincent, Participant

Hello all, Here is a quick note about our electronics policy on course. Of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to post a yak. First…We know it’s tough. We know it rough. But the trip will be better without this stuff.......Read More

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Intro

Elly Beckerman, Participant

Hey All!  I’m looking forward to learning more about everyone so I figured I’d leap into the breach and post an intro myself. My name is Elly Beckerman and I hail from Washington, DC.  I’ll be headed to Bates College next Fall,......Read More