I was part of one of Syracuse University Beijing Center's first programs. The experience completely changed my life. Both in terms of academics, cultural immersion, and language, this program opened me up to so many opportunities and changed the course of my life steering me towards a career in China when I previously had no intention to ever leave my home town. The people I met through the program are my family and Dr. Tong is still our "Beijing mom". We are about to have our 10 year reunion in a few weeks.
Now, years later, returning to the Tsinghua campus, the dorms we lived in, and the buildings where our classes were held makes me feel nostalgia in a way my own university in the US never could. I feel so very thankful for this life-changing experience that made Beijing a home away from home for me.