My name is Jamey Silveira and I am an undergraduate student at Yale University. This summer I have decided to attend the Duke Study in China Program, an intensive language-study program hosted at Beijing’s University of International Business and Economics. Over the course of the summer, I will be writing this blog to recount my daily activities, reflect on various cultural experiences, and talk about the lessons I’ve learned while living in Beijing. I would like to make a special point to thank the Richard U. Light Fellowship, an organization that has provided funding for me and hundreds of other Yale students studying abroad in China, Korea, and Japan. And with that, enjoy the blog!