The HNC admissions office has been closed the last two days due to snowy conditions in Washington, but our students in Nanjing have been busy with the first week of the spring semester. HNC student Nanfei Yan reflects on last semester and looks ahead to the spring:
Long time no see! As some of you may know, the HNC has just returned from a long winter break following the fall semester. First of all, Happy New Year - the Year of the Sheep! 天天开心“喜羊羊”，事事如意“美羊羊”。This post talks about some of the highlights from the past semester, as well as what some of our students did over the winter break.
As the first semester for the Certificate and 1st year MAIS students, the fall semester was an
|Student-Teacher Ping Pong Tournament Semi-Finalists|
(I placed a respectable 5th place - counting from the bottom - in case you were wondering)
If there is anything that remains consistent across cultures and national borders, it is the
|New Year's Eve Talent Show|
Of course, the break is never just about fun and travel. HNC students took the 6-week opportunity to wear a variety of hats. Chase Stewart volunteered as an English teacher in a Tibetan monastery (read more about his experience at the SAIS Observer). Many Chinese students also participated in internships during the break, as China is accustomed to both short-term and long-term internship programs. Sun Jiwei interned at the Shanghai branch of a trading company, and Yang Haiyan found an internship conveniently located right in Nanjing.
Looking towards the spring semester, the Co-Directors of HNC held a general meeting this past Wednesday. We voted in a new class committee, who have promised exciting new additions to life at the Center. Among these are a running group, a Chinese-English movie interest group, and a group focused on practicing public speaking in both native and target languages. As for me, I am currently lobbying for the addition of a boxing bag to our gym facilities. Here’s to a great spring semester!