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2011-11-23 Finals week?!

November has been a whirlwind of events, all cumulating in finals. Time has passed so quickly in China, and I know we’ve made good use of it because I’ve done so much, but it still doesn’t feel like enough time. Next week is finals week, and our essays will be due, and I haven’t finished any of them because I didn’t realize finals were coming up so soon! This coming weekend is our last full weekend in Beijing before we leave on our study trips, and I really hope I get enough done to enjoy it.

There is a café just outside the SW gate (also known as the little west gate), and it’s open 24 hours and has Internet connection. It has also been housing my friends and me these past few nights as we rush to get our papers done.

Word to the wise, and whoever is coming to do this program next semester: Get your essays done 2 weeks in advance. You are going to want your last few weekends in Beijing to do all the stuff you said you were going to do but haven’t gotten around to.

On another note, I realized recently that Shao Yuan number 5 is actually Shao Yuan number 4. There is a stigma against the number 4 in Chinese culture because the Chinese character sounds like the word for “death.” So I understand now why the buildings go 1, 2, and 3, then 5, then 6, 7, 8 and 9. It was still disturbing to find that we were in number 4 though, and on the 4th floor! All the more reason I guess to continue spending my nights at the café doing homework and having wonderful fresh brewed milk tea.

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