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Student Logs for July 6th from Beijing!

Here are responses from the students on how their experience is going in Beijing: 

Alissa:

Student Interviews!

As the schedules returned to usual today, students from the Chinese Academy got reacclimated to the their routine of meals, classes, cultural exploration courses and afternoon activities.

Amidst their return to the daily routine, two students were asked for a brief interview. Here’s how the interviews went:

Mac:

Happy Fourth of July from the Chinese and French Academies!

Happy Fourth of July from everyone here at St. Michael’s!

Today, students had their daily set of morning classes; however, after they were finished, they had the chance to drift from the usual schedule and engage in fun, outdoor activities to celebrate the holiday!

Rather than the typical cafeteria setting for lunch, St. Michael’s staff had a cookout outside, in which they served the “typical” American food: hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, chicken and fresh watermelon.

Students were then able to eat outside—in the sun—and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

Making the Most of the Day Off

On this warm, sunny Sunday at St. Michael’s, students had another day off from academic study. All students were happy to have one more restful day before the adventures of the week commence.

As bells rang and a cool breeze flew through the air, a level of energy similar to yesterday's was found on St. Michael’s campus. Students partook in several activities and enjoyed the picturesque weather as they grouped together for games of soccer and frisbee.

A day to unwind, relax and recharge

Today, students and staff had a very much-needed day of rest, in which they all had the chance to catch up on sleep, enjoy the weather or get ahead on work for next week.

Students took part in a wide array of activities, ranging from creating videos to room decorating activities. The purpose of these activities, however, was the same: Keep the students speaking in the target language, while still giving them a needed break from academic study.

Every Second of Every Day: Immersion

Time is surely an enigma in the way it passes along so quickly. Nevertheless, here in Beijing, we're making use of every second of the day!

Eager to get started, Middlebury Interactive staff members met new students at the airport, in the lobby and at the dorm. Despite being a little tired from the journey, there was still an energetic and positive vibe running through the 2016 Middlebury Interactice Beijing cohort!

A Day in the Life of a Chinese Academy Student

Students in the Chinese Academy are settling into their daily routine and full language immersion—classes, meals, exploration courses and activities. Students are demonst acting steadfast dedication and an unwavering willingness to push through the challenges that come with a "No English Spoken Here" environment.

Today marks the third day at the Academy—but more notably, the second day of full Chinese immersion. Here’s an overview of what went on in the classes:

Goodbye English → Hello Chinese!

Day Two has surfaced. 

As the first day of full immersion, the campus was slightly quieter than it was in the past couple days—students had to make the transition from talking with their newly-made friends in English to Chinese. It’ll take some time for students to fully acclimate to this new way of life.

Classes, Games and Pledges—All in One Day

Day One: Complete.

A campus that was once quiet is now one that is buzzing with chatter and filled with a desire to learn. As the first day of the Chinese Academy and French Academy came and went, students were busy from sun-up to sun-down.

Students from the Chinese Academy hopped right into classes. After yesterday’s placement exams, the students were grouped into specific classes based on their current skills in the language.

The Storm: Student Arrival Day!

The day has finally come: French and Chinese Academy students have landed at St. Michael's College for four weeks of language immersion.

Buzzing in the air today was a combination of excitement, nerves, and curiosity—yet, even with these nerves flowing through the minds of students from both Academies, they still managed to skip the awkward introductions and go right to friendship.

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