Josue Chavez

Hi! I’m a CC junior majoring in Comparative Literature and Society. I spent the summer of 2015 participating in the Columbia in Beijing Summer Program. I took Advanced Third Level Chinese for ten weeks and it was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. I got to practice my Chinese every day in and outside the classroom, allowing me to gain a confidence and mastery of the language that I would have never achieved in the U.S. During our week long break, my friends and I went to Shanghai, Suzhou and Xi’an, which meant that we got to practice our conversational Chinese every day in settings that we were not familiar with. I visited the Great Wall, the Terra cotta Warriors, the Bund, an art district, watched a live Beijing opera and an acrobatics show and I got to eat some of the most delicious food I’ve ever had. The ten-week summer program also meant I got to take a full year-long Chinese course, allowing me to move further in my academic plans back at Columbia. Being in China wasn’t always easy, but it was definitely an experience that taught me a lot about myself. I definitely recommend studying abroad in Beijing/China in general, so if you have any questions please feel free to email me.