THE BALANCING ACT

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The Study China Programme is a three-week intense programme, studying Mandarin in addition to another module (at Nanjing University our options were Chinese History or Can the heat think?).

Each weekday consisted of a three-hour Mandarin lesson with a two-hour lunch break and then a three-hour lesson in our chosen module or some sort of arranged activity. It was rare that we would have any free time before 5.30pm. This was a little tough as most people participating in the programme wanted to explore Nanjing whilst enjoying the academia.

I have to admit for this reason, for most days I did not sleep until after 12am. However, another contributing factor to this was the fact that I would be communicating with my family back in London (which was 7-hours behind Chinese time - how crazy!)

In this post, I am not trying to scare you with the intensity of the course. I am just trying to state that, if you are thinking of participating in the Study China Programme, you need to use your time wisely in finding the balance between leisure and study - as it is not (just) a holiday!

-Erd
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