First Blog Post and Some Background

May 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm (Uncategorized)

For some more background about me be sure to read my about page.

As is probably evident from the title, this is a blog about China! I’ve decided to start this blog for three reasons. (1) I want to be able to look back on these experiences in future years. A blog provides a good place to record thoughts and feelings to return to later. It will also help me track my “growth” so to speak. (2) It provides good motivation for me to keep track of memories and actually write/take pictures of things as I encounter them. I found in my last trip being forced to journal really helped me to notice things I otherwise would not have thought of. (3) I’ve really enjoyed reading other people’s blogs, so hopefully mine can provide others with inspiration/enjoyment.

As mentioned in the about section, I am a Freeman Student-Faculty Fellow. Essentially, I along with four of my classmates and our Chinese teacher have received a $30,000 grant to conduct research projects in China this summer. My research project pertains to Chinese education policy and its impact by observing the differences between schools in large urban centers with a lot of foreign influence (Shanghai), smaller urban centers with less foreign influence (Taiyuan), and smaller rural areas (villages of Shanxi). So, I’m leaving in four days (on Memorial Day) for Shanghai. My fellow grant recipients and I will be starting our research there for about a week, before moving on to Taiyuan and the surrounding villages for the remainder of our stay. I’ll be traveling with Abby, Eugenia, Emma and Becky, the other four people who got the grant, and my Chinese teacher Zuo Laoshi.

While in China I am not sure how often I will be updating. My plan is to write really comprehensive blog posts on my experiences for the months after my trip, leading up to my study abroad in January. For now, though, it will be shorter more stream of conscious blog posts.

That’s all for now, I need to get back to packing!

For those interested, here’s the Freeman Fellow website:


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