Monthly Archives: November 2013

pizza hut and pizza in China

American Food with a Chinese Twist

China and the US are obviously different countries. If you doubt this, I refer you to a map. That said, there are still some striking similarities between the States and…

class of Chinese students

An Experience Getting Better and Better by the Day!

As the days go on, things are getting easier and easier to handle. It’s not nearly as stressful as it was the first couple of weeks we were here. The…

JCC student senators in front of a sign featuring several college logos at the SA Conference

On Our Way To Becoming Better Leaders…

Earlier this month, a group of senators; Kim Irland, our advisor; and myself attended the semi-annual SUNY Student Assembly Conference in Rochester, NY. As stated on the SUNY SA website, “The…

Ornament on a Christmas tree

O Anthropology: Some History of the Christmas Tree

Christmas time is here again. At least, that’s what the stores’ decorations say. So what better way to start off the beginnings of Christmas cheer than with a little lesson…

Bike wheel

My Take on Change

I’ve never been the type of girl who enjoyed change. Transitioning from those awkward middle school years to the drama-filled years of high school, I never saw myself morph into an…

Two girls on the train tracks, about to step in to the great unknown.

Life Goes On

I want to share something I wrote at the beginning of this semester that goes as follows: “The world is a vast plot of land and water resting at our…

Anthropology dictionary entry

Anthropology: Something for Everyone

Anthropology: the study of all people, in all places, at all times. Sounds intimidating, doesn’t it? Maybe it sounds confusing, or even boring. I know I was pretty scared the…

Two girls at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Center

Life Changing Experiences in China!

Well, Kirstie and I have officially been in Chengdu, China for about four weeks now. When we first got here, we were very excited for our experience of a lifetime….

A panda on its back on a large wooden platform

Adjusting to Your Surroundings and PANDAS!

It’s quite an experience teaching Chinese children and adults how to speak English. Nobody said it would be easy, and we’re still adjusting to our new surroundings. Everything’s much different…

The Future road sign

The Future

People scatter across the cemented pathways; a colorful sea of ethnicity, culture and differences. Some smile as they pull on jackets and scarves to stay warm against the bitter Fall…