First Lessons And Pub Crawls

My first day at Uni was orientation. I was extremely nervous not knowing what to expect or who to talk to. As I entered lecture hall, I surveyed the room looking for a seat and found one next to a girl who also came to orientation alone.

Taking a glance around the room once again after I sat down, I noticed that there were tons of groups already formed, I felt like the biggest outsider and knew I needed to step out of my comfort zone—fast. Continue reading “First Lessons And Pub Crawls”

Transition: It Is What You Make Of It

Every time I meet someone new and I explain that I’m from San Diego, they say something to the caliber of “Why would you come here?” It has made me appreciate home all that much more, and when I answer the question, it makes me all the more sure of my decision to study abroad in Scotland.

I always answer saying, “Yeah, San Diego is a great place, but I’d lived there for seven years and I was ready for a change.” Continue reading “Transition: It Is What You Make Of It”

Welcome To Xiamen

It has already been three weeks since I arrived in China to study Mandarin Chinese at Xiamen University. These first weeks have been busy with paperwork for my school registration and residence permit, but I finally feel more at ease now that it’s finished!

I’ve made a short compilation of what life has been like so far in Xiamen, including exploring the campus and city, attending classes, and trying out some new food. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you!


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Bright Lights And Big Ambitions

I’ve been in San Diego for six weeks now and I still constantly pinch myself to see if this is all real. How can this place be so perfect and I’m here for a whole year.

This weekend a few friends and I headed down to Los Angeles, and what a weekend it was. We spent the first night walking down Hollywood Blvd. As I study Television and Film and aim to be a success in the industry, this was a very surreal moment. Continue reading “Bright Lights And Big Ambitions”

“Sciencing” in Japan

Hello all! My name is Sara, a third year student at SDSU majoring in biochemistry and minoring in Chinese.

I recently finished a research summer program, the Amgen Scholars Program, in Japan. Thanks to the Amgen Foundation, I was able to conduct research at the laboratory of plasma membrane and nuclear signaling at Kyoto University, under the guidance of Yoshimura-sensei and Kumeta-sensei. I made a brief video about my experiences in Japan, such as visiting temples and shrines, attending scientific seminars, and attending field trips with my program, etc. I hope you enjoy watching it! Please feel free to ask questions or comment about my experiences.


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