Category: Summer 2016

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Purposeful Perceptions

Hello everyone! My name is Deandra and I am currently a fourth year Biomedical Science major at the University of South Florida. This past summer, I had the distinct pleasure of studying abroad in Peru. I spent approximately 2 weeks in Peru and had the most wonderful experience there, learning about about Peruvian people and culture. ...

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Ten Cities, Two Countries, One Month

I am astounded that I have been able to do and see so much in the month that I spent in Germany. In this post, I will highlight a few favorite activities in my favorite cities in Germany. I grew so comfortable in Düsseldorf that I wish I could have stayed longer (add my mom and her cooking and ...

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A few tips in Chinese etiquette

Building relationships in different cultures is always a bit of a challenge. In China I learned that if I did not pay attention to certain etiquette I could get in trouble and unable to build relationships. Going out to eat dinner or lunch is one of the most common ways to build relationships in most ...

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Belief systems in China

One of the main things that helped me understand Chinese culture was learning about their three most popular belief systems: Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Over the years, the emperors decided to change China’s main religion over and over to the point that sometimes temples that were first meant to be Buddhist temples turned to Taoist ...

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My first homestay family experience in China

My first home-stay family experience definitely showed me the differences between American culture and Chinese culture. We were advised that the first impression in Chinese culture is very important because I was not only a foreigner in their country, but also in their house. As a result, I had to make sure to make a good ...