Photos by Reika Oshima (Brandeis University) Student Correspondent CET Beijing, Summer 2019 My roommate and I out for dinner! She took me to her favorite noodle restaurant in the area. We tried this unique peanut milk drink (which was surprisingly amazing) while we waited for our food. The view from one of our classrooms! The crosswalk seen here is very common in Beijing, as a safe way to get across the roads and bike lanes. Almost every bike seen on the road is From Mobike, a bike ride share brand. To get off-campus and study, I use one of the easy-to-spot orange-colored Mobikes. Malls are everywhere in Beijing. My friends and I, before going to see a movie, stopped by a Chinese dessert spot and ordered mango ice cream w strawberry ice cream, grass jelly and dragon fruit. 6.My classmates and I, posing for a pic after a pick-up game of volleyball w random CNU students we met at the park. We got their WeChat info (the Facebook/Twitter/Venmo/everything of China) made plans to meet up again next week! My classmates and I, posing for a pic after a pick-up game of volleyball w random CNU students we met at the park. We got their WeChat info (the Facebook/Twitter/Venmo/everything of China) made plans to meet up again next week! This past weekend, students, roommates and teachers went to Datong, the center of all activity in ancient North China. It holds dozens of famous cultural sites, which we got a chance to visit in the CET organized trip. Students and classmates, all friends of mine, at the Hanging Monastery, a temple built into a cliff. My friend Savannah (Chinese name is 思娜 sīnà), and we are trying to review the day’s vocab, out up on the board by our teachers. We have 4 hours of classes a day, two hours spent learning new grammar in a big class setting (for Level 200, it was about 8 students). Then, a 3rd hour drilling and using the grammar in a small setting (4 students), then a 4th hour or discussion with the same small group. After lunch, every student get 30 minutes of one-on-one time with a teacher to go over any confusions and have a discussion related to the day’s topic. Rachel and I! The first friend (and now closest friend) I made at CET, She picked me up from the airport when I arrived late and missed the CET pickup bus time slot. When it came to the struggles with the language pledge, she was there to support me and keep my motivated. This is us, in front of the Wooden Pagoda, standing 70 km in height without a single nail in it. It is one of the oldest wooden structures on Earth. Lunch in Datong with teachers and classmates! We ordered lambs on mental skewers, China has endless variety of dishes, with relatively cheap prices too. Even with a language pledge, me and others have classmates in all levels, from 100 to the highest, 500.