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‘Say Yes to Everything’

This blog post was written by third year English and French student, Amelia Smith from the School of English. Before my year abroad, I was advised to say yes to everything, and this was the best advice I could have been given. Agreeing to tutor two children in English, led to their teacher inviting me to give …

Caves, Quimper, and Crêpes

This blog post was written by third year English and French student, Amelia Smith from the School of English. Four months into my year abroad and all is going amazingly. I got to celebrate my 21st Birthday here, and even my parents flew in for the occasion! It was great to show off my new life: introducing …

Living the Dream

This blog post was written by third year English and French student, Amelia Smith from the School of English. Every day I wake up with a smile as I think to myself, I’m here, I’m in France, I’m on my year abroad. As a student of French and English, I’m currently on my compulsory 3rd year abroad …

再见 Ningbo

So this is my final blog post, quite a while after I have left Ningbo to travel Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong and Bali, Indonesia). I finished my exams –okay, my one exam- in late May (fantastically early compared to those back on the UK campus) and began to make the most of my …

Beijing

As things get increasingly more hectic before the end of term, it’s always more difficult to keep on track of what I’ve done and where I’ve been, but since the last post, I’ve visited Beijing and most importantly, seen the Great Wall! Beijing is a great city; where Shanghai has a slick, modern feel, Beijing …

Shanghai

Shanghai is a compelling city. The colourful streets are bustling with street sellers, fruit shops, market stalls and dumpling stands wherever you look and whether it is dawn or dusk it seems the whole city is streaming with shoppers, workers, tourists and locals. It would be a lie to say Shanghai comes alive at night simply because there doesn’t seem …

Settling In

So this week I started my academic term at Ningbo. I take four modules here, pretty much the same as at Nottingham UK but without Analysing Performance and Old English, and with a different module: Approaches to Language and Literature. This module, taught by self-professed J.K Rowling cynic and feminist Derek Irwin, is a colourful …

你好 Ningbo

I’ve been at Ningbo for four days now, and the first impression I have of China is that truly, it is like nowhere else on Earth. I came from the School of English at Nottingham to the Division of English at Ningbo for this Spring Semester and when I tell other international or domestic students …