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Penn State Abington provides couple of Faculty-led short-term study abroad program, such as the Networking in China (the program that I was in). This program is 2 credit hour course with one during fall, studying the cultural background of China and preparation for the lab project that we will be doing in China; we receive another credit during summer, visiting Bejing, and Hebei University of Science and Technology.

Me and my parents have lived in Beijing for five half years about couple years ago. However, this time it wasn’t same. In couple years, Beijing have developed so much, and I have realised that really missed living here!

We stayed in Beijing for 11 days it was truly amazing experience, no words could describe what we felt!



– My selfie while Dr Duan trying to take a group picture ;)

For first three days, we stayed in Beijing—we went to loads of typical Chinese tourist destinations such as, the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the temple of heaven, local tourist market and so forth. And then, we went to the Shijiajuang, Hebei University of Science and Technology for the Networking Project.


–Here’s the picture of our first meal at China—火鍋 (pronounced Huo Guo– Chinese Hot pot), with Chris and Dan cut behind!


–Here’s the picture of me and our tour guide Eric who works at Abercrombie and Keith.


–Professor Duan not feeling young :D

Oh, by the way the tour guide Eric told us that Me and My bud Anthony set up the new record for climbing all the way up to the tourist restricted point and down to the chair lift place with time of 42 minutes, since 2004!


–and the Tourist-must part Group Selfie!  **(From left to right) Anthony, Chris, Amy, Me, Dan, Matt, Ethan (part of his face), Quadirah


–Whether the Hard Rock Café exists in China or not—who cares? it’s just a shirt!


–Me and some random (?) Middle Eastern Lady that I just met in China


–the Super Expensive Chinese Restaurant that our tour guide led us….#touristripoff **Chris and Dr Duan


–She’s not happy with the amount we got charged :/ The only place where Water’s at least 5 times more expensive than can of Sprite (CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?!) **Matt (L), Amy(R)


–Penn State Abington, that’s how it is in Chinese!!! on the side note,the Translator thought we were from the Penn State Altoona; the lady felt sorry after Professor Duan made the correction


–My team working on the Campus Networking Setup Project **Chris (L), Lala (CL), Me (CR), and Malujia (R)


–Professor Joe Oakes lecturing


–And of course, the plane had to break down on the way back, so we had to stay at local hotel for one more day while me and my buds enjoy the spa, sauna and the pool (“Free” luxury China Trip for one more extra day yea!)  **Demetri waving like a kid :D

Overall, This short-term study abroad program was a fantastic opportunity for me to get to know all the participants, learn the Chinese culture, learn about the network, and get a hands-on experience with networking routers, and switches and so forth.

Before the trip I knew the names, and faces, of couple of people and Amy, but I wasn’t really close with any of them. Now, I feel like we’ve known each other for so long! I strongly encourage you all to apply for the Study abroad programs!

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Man oh man oh man oh man.

These last weeks will be the end of one road, and the path to a new one for many people at Penn State and across the nation. After crunching through finals and the tons of stress and work that come alongside them, students are beginning to realize just how crazy life is about to get.

They’re going to part ways with old friends, but are ready to make new ones. Leaving loved institutions and homes to bigger and wider places. They’ll be dropping old work to turn over a new leaf and begin working on brand new projects. This summer they’ll be interning, getting paid at part-time/full-time jobs. They’ll be going abroad for studies, or taking classes at the local community college to try and graduate early. Some will be screaming their hearts out on their first roller coaster at Six Flags, while others will relax for the first time in months with a big book and a nice cup of green tea (that sounded really cheesy).

Some people will regret things they have done, or regret not doing things they wish they had done. Some will have no regrets and look towards the future with bright hopes. Some will have learned from their mistakes and vow to do better, some won’t recognize the mistakes until they repeat them.

Whatever is going on, it’s been pretty crazy…for everyone. I thought I would go around and ask people a couple questions about the past years at Penn State, and just life in general. The “[]” brackets indicate my own little footnote on the quotation/statement:

“Who or what will you miss the most from this year that you won’t have next year?”

AbingTones at ICCA (source: Jon Price)

AbingTones at ICCA (source: Jon Price)

“What I’ll miss the most is the unified feelings of family, belonging, and camaraderie at Abington that I know will not be matched at UP. Therefore, I will miss the people here more than anything. Everyone at Abington is so friendly and accepting; it’s great to feel so welcomed and appreciated.” – Chris

“I’ll miss the comfort of Abington. I felt like I belonged and fit in – a feeling that I’ve never really had before! It takes a long time for me to feel comfortable somewhere and leaving Abington for a completely new place will throw me for a loop!” – Lauren

“The campus, the school, people, COW (Community Outreach Workers)…of course I’ll miss the computer lab, my first job, teachers (Newman, Sessa, Dr. Cappelotti), best-friend Elizabteh. Not going to miss catching the bus to school.” – Danielle

“UPark” – Jeffy. [Simple enough, and congrats graduate]

“Easy A professors [she said this with the utmost respect], 1-1 connections with professors [see, she means it], Woodland building (347, cafe), friends such as you[ :D ]…what I wont miss: Parking Problems!” – Roshnii

“After I’m married this weekend [May 10, congrats Angela and Suren!] one of my best friends is getting married and moving to California for good. She’s my favorite Indian (no offense, but Persis John is one heck of a woman) and I don’t know what I’m going to do without her. It’s selfish of me, but I wish he’d move to her instead). She’s my biggest support system next to Suren!” – Angela

“I will miss the students that are either transferring or are graduating, that have somehow made an impact on my life. I will miss the professors that I have had this year and I hope to stay in contact with” – Bre

“I’ll miss people who are leaving too.” – ‘Emma’

“I can tell you what I won’t miss, all the hard ass classes I took this semester. My teachers showed no mercy. However I will also miss a lot of people that will be moving up to Upark or just to other schools or graduating.” – Fab

Without a doubt I’ll miss my best friend Jairus James, every single day – Zaib. [and I’ll be missing you Zaib. (At this, Pooja begin vomiting)]

“I am going to miss all the people that are going to upark, or graduated. I have spend the last two years with them, its going to be different without them. I grew with them, and they mean a lot to me. #nitwits.” – Roshan

“I’m gonna miss some good friends who are [transferring] to u park.” – Steve A.

“The ease of hanging out with friends (it’s ALOT harder now).” – Charles V.

“Walking down the hall and chillen with like 15 people. Staying up late with people and working towards that common goal.” – Justin

One big response I received was Mrs. Stephanie Yoder (aka O’Dea); many of her music students (such as Princess Consuela Banana-hammock and myself included), responded saying how great of a teacher and person she is; Mrs. O’Dea is moving up to Boston so it is going to be tough for all of us who have spent the years with her in Abingtones and music class.

“Are there any regrets you have from these past few years?”

Snowy Abington (source: Jairus)

Snowy Abington (source: Jairus)

“I wish I started my minor earlier, because now I have to take summer classes in order to not have to do credit overload.” – Bre

“Wished I had minored in English, wished I had gotten my drivers license; they used to have buses that ran after 6:20, but now they don’t and it’s annoying. To fix this, the best I could do is take a few English classes, see what I can do with it in graduate school or community college. – Danielle

“…I regret thinking that PSU is the only good college in America. I also regret not trying harder to take out student loans so I could dorm away from home at PSU. I regret taking off a semester of school to work (even though I go to school full time now anyway), the taste of money controls me now, so I’ll always have to go to school AND work, not just go to school.” – Steve S.

“I regret not making calc wait!” – ‘Emma’

“That I had a clear goal in the beginning, I wanted to transfer out, but I wasn’t sure. I should have decided from the beginning and stuck with it, instead of changing it back it forth. Also time management and not trying to do everything,  but do the things I needed to do.” – Roshan

” I regret taking calc, physics and chemistry together. It set me back a semester.” – Steve A.

“I wish I stood by my faith more, especially at college. I let other people’s opinions sway my own.” – Jenny.

“No regrets.” – Charles V.

“In history, college kids are the ones that changed the world. Wished I changed the world somehow.” – Justin

“What would you have done differently these past years in college?”

 Lion Showcase Lion Showcase (source: Jairus)[/caption]

“I would be involved in something” – Zaib

“I would have not have wasted so much money on buying food from school and out, mostly out. I wish I goofed off less. I wish I was more involved on THON; they had a lot of meetings so I couldn’t attend all of them”. – Priya

“Me too [ ^ ]. I wish I went to class more.” – Daveshu

“I wish I used a calendar for all the assignments I missed.” – Sasha

“Should of tried to meet newer people instead of being shy.” – Mike

“In the beginning I thought Abington wasn’t great campus and I compared it to other campuses; I couldn’t it compare it because the people made the campus. Its a wonderful place where people can grow. Even though it doesn’t have everything other campuses have. I would have tried to enjoy every moment more and wouldn’t complain.” – Roshan

“I wish I had taken a minor…also taking a loan out, because you realize “dang i got to pay this back?”. I wish I had paid attention more in classes”. – Jimmy

“Taking classes I didn’t really need.” – Chun (Prettyboy Floyd)

“I probably would’ve done more art.” – Emma

“I wish I hadn’t taken microbiology because I wasted a drop credit on a class I didn’t need.” – Liz

“I wish I was more involved and knew lots of people and had more things to do.” – Charles

“Getting involved in clubs.” – Matt

“I would have spread out my gen-eds so I could balance it out with the classes I have now.” – Jairus [that’s me]

“I would have taken less gen eds and more core classes.” – Steve A.

“Would not have changed anything.” – Charles V.

“Been more intentional about doing good to and for others.” – Justin

“What are you excited for in the future?”

Friends at graduation. (source: Jairus)

Friends at graduation. (source: Jairus)

“Japan! I’m excited for making long lasting friendships, networking with the companies I’ll be meeting with, and experiencing the Japanese culture.” – Bre

“Graduate school and driving, and turning 21 [turn up].” – Danielle

“Moving in and finally living in the same zipcode as Mike Zo, my significant other of 5 years! :)Colleen

“Excited for electrical engineering classes :D.” – Steve A.

“Season 4 episode 6 of Game of thrones on Sunday [May 11].” – Alvin

“Living on my own… terrifying and exciting at the same time :).” – Lauren

“Short term, I would say graduation, I want to see how that’ll turn out and who’s going to be there and all my accomplishments.” – Sherlyn

“I think I’m excited to just focus on my major itself and graduate with it. Not worry about all the useless extra classes I have to take…and then for UPark; I’m excited, nervous, scared, and sad all at the same time so that might be too many emotions.” – Zaib

“Pretty stoked for some more art.” – ‘Emma’

“I am excited to see what the future holds for everyone. To see where our path takes us, and which route we will all take. How our dreams hold up.” – Roshan

“I’m extremely excited for the summer and what it holds for me and most definitely excited for the next two years at UP!” – Shane

“I’m excited for this summer, to meet new people, spend more time with my family, work at my internship, and to start fall semester at UPark.” – Priya

“The next iPhone. Jk the upcoming Babies [for his family]. :).” – Charles V.

“Changing the world as a college grad :p.” – Justin

And of course, there were the funny responses too.

“Becoming undisputed king of the universe.” – Chris

“Getting married to some really hot guy I met through a prison dating site >:D Jkjk.” – Angela

“Hopefully you’ll come over by then or able to hangout [I’m going over to kick his butt in Battlefield].” – Dan

“Becoming a billionaire.” – Zain

“What are you most proud of?”

Friends in front of Woodland (source: Jairus)

Friends in front of Woodland (source: Jairus)

“I’m most proud of the use of what I learned in school. Knowing that what I learned is actually helping and people are noticing.” – Justin

“I’m most proud of the long lasting friendships I made.” – Zaib

“I’m proud I managed to make it through some rough classes. Somehow. :) ” – ‘Emma’

“I would say I’m proud of who I’ve become, I used to be a random student who just goes to class and goes home, but now I am involved on campus and rarely go home.” – Steve A.

“I am proud for doing clubs like Tazmania/SASA , even though I didn’t like it all the time, they taught me valuable skills about teamwork, and how to handle bad situations. To show was a real team is like. Hard work pays off, and seeing an end product of something.” – Roshan

“Proud of all the friends that I have made over the past few years! Because the friends that I made really made me a better person, in school and in life habits.” – Shane


I hope everyone has a safe and exciting summer and a bountiful future, you guys rock. Hopefully I can keep adding questions/answers to this as I get more feedback.

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Week One in London :)

I figured I’d get all the tourist side of everything out of the way the first week I was here, but to my dismay I realized that’s actually really hard because everywhere I go I find new things to take pictures of an to look like a tourist all over again. Pictures are the easiest way for me to document everything i am doing here in London and the surrounding areas :) I’ve got a few little trips planned to see everything I can while I’m here, and to make the most of my time on the weekends because I spend the week days reading and studying.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Week one complete!

Week one complete!

First week of classes are done at University of Westminster, and it’s a very different way of learning here :) I have realized that it is up to me 100% here whether I want to learn or not, my grade for a few of my classes is based upon one exam that is comprised of an essay question. I am excited to become more of an independent learner, but nervous at the same time. Now it’s time to hit the books and be prepared for my classes, which meet once a week for 3 hours. Even though it’s going to be a hard semester I am loving every minute of it:) I truly believe going abroad is the best way to understand the world around you.

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Today is the day!!!!


Today’s the big day :) It’s the beginning of my journey! I can’t believe it’s finally here. I’m just sitting in JFK Airport in NY waiting for my flight to board. I’m excited to meet all my new friends and figure out my way around London.

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