二月二十八日: The Transition


It’s time to start a new chapter of my stay in China. On Sunday, I’ll be taking an overnight train from Beijing to Shanghai. Initially I was planning to leave Beijing a little bit earlier, but since many Chinese are coming back from Spring Festival celebrations, getting tickets for this week wasn’t easy. However, I think I should have enough time to make a smooth transition. My IES Abroad orientation begins on March 2nd and classes at Fudan University don’t start until the March 8th. It’s mind-blowing to me that I was able to learn and experience so much even though my study abroad program has not started yet. This was only possible because the hospitality and generosity of a member of the Wabash family, Khurram Tahir’01. I always told prospective Wabash students that the Wabash alumni network is one of our greatest assets and now I have yet another personal experience to back these words up.  If it weren’t for Khurram, I don’t know if I would have a chance to visit China’s capital this year. It was an awesome opportunity and I did my best to use my time here wisely. I made good progress with my Mandarin and helped prospective Chinese Wabash men learn more about our college. I also started getting ready for the exciting upcoming BD Medical internship and made sure to go out to test the language and experience some of the things that the Beijing area has to offer.

Last week, for example, I completed the Jinshanling (金山岭) – Simatai (司马台) Great Wall hike. The views were amazing and I felt really lucky to have the chance to set my foot on one of the 2007 new wonders of the world. I will certainly miss Beijing as a city and all the people I met here, but it’s time to move on. I’m thrilled about the Fudan University semester. I’m sure it will be a time of personal growth, learning and… fun:) My first week will probably be quite unpredictable and very hectic. Therefore, it might take me a little bit more than usually to share my experience with you, but I will make sure that the next note gives you a good feel for China’s largest city.

Please continue keeping your fingers crossed as I’m waiting to hear about the Dill Grant. My C-ville host parents, thank you for your invaluable help this week.


  1. Hey Filip,
    looking around your nice blog, I’ve seen that you are in China and working for BD as an intern.
    My name is Jean Berry, I’m french and I work for a french company in Suzhou. Actually, BD is our supplier in Europe and I have trouble to find people working at BD China, I mean foreigners working their. I wonder in which department you work at but I would appreciate if you could introduce me some of your colleague so I can get in touch easly through you.
    I saw that you’ve been travelling quite a bit in China and I was wondering if you came to Suzhou. In fact I don’t know if you work in Shanghai or Suzhou…but anyway if you are willing to come to Suzhou and have a tour, I could help you as you want.
    I hope my approach is not too offensive to you.
    I wish to get in touch with you someday and leave you my contact information. Cell: 13601548514 or
    Have a good day.
    Jean Berry

  2. Filip. I am just now getting caught up on your blogs and oh how I envy you your trip to the Wall and your enjoyment of the year of the tiger. It just all sounds so thrilling. I have written theh Dill committee a strong letter of recommendation for you to receive the Dill grant and will continue to keep my fingers crossed. Your blogs are endlessly fascinating so please keep them up. We miss you but know that you are having a once in a lifetime experience and that you will make the most of it.

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