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Sydney Farmer

Learning @ Tsinghua

by Sydney Farmer Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My last semester of college is in full swing! I am taking 4 classes here at Tsinghua, and living a second-semester senior’s dream! No class Thursday or Friday! However, classes here make power lectures look like a piece of cake. My longest class is Strategic Management on Mondays, and goes from 13:30 to 16:55. I am still adjusting to the rigid schedule, and hearing bells that alert me if I am late for class. We have 19 dining halls on campus, and most of them are only open at regular meal times. Our hot water times are 7:00-9:00, 15:00-17:00, and 20:00-24:00 (I have them memorized by now). The food here is incredibly cheap and delicious, so the fact that the dining calls are not constantly open is truly a blessing in disguise. The social atmosphere here is very lively, and I have had a wonderful time biking around campus with my friends. Similar to UW, most business classes here have a group project component, which has made it easier to get to know my classmates. My classes are taught in English, and have a mix of Chinese and international students in them, so I have been able to get to know students from all around the world. What I have realized is I am one of the only people who cannot speak a second language fluently. Most international students are from countries where English is not the official language, and learn it (and other languages) at a very young age. Seeing so many bilingual and trilingual peers has strengthened my resolve to improve my Chinese, and I am grateful to be living in an environment in which I have the ability to practice every day!

Registering for classes


Enjoying the clear air with friends