First off, I want to apologize for not posting in a while. I've been dealing with anxiety issues the past couple of weeks. It's something that I've dealt with in the past. Perhaps it's the different environment, perhaps it's waking up too early in the morning to go to classes, but my anxiety has been a continual issue since I've been in Taiwan. I've still kept up with my studies, but I've also been on many trips to the doctor's. Regardless, my goal is to have at least one blog post each week for the rest of my time here.
I titled this post "Something Happens Here" because I wanted to use the GW motto to describe what happens at National Taiwan University. Corny, I know. But besides learning Chinese and studying, what exactly happens in the Chinese Language Division of NTU?
I guess I should start off by introducing the people in my class. Including me, there are a total of five students in my class--two students from Japan, one from Korea, one from Sweden, I'm the only one from the US. My teacher's name is 駱老師 (Luo Laoshi).
Luo Laoshi's birthday was a few weeks ago, so our class decided to throw a mini-surprise party. During the middle of class, one of my classmates went outside to bring in a birthday cake, and all of the students in class popped party-poppers as the cake was brought in. Our teacher was thoroughly surprised and emotional.
B.A. International Affairs, Minor in Sociology 2014
Sigur Center 2012 Chinese Language Fellow
National Taiwan University, Taiwan