Kunming from the west mountain
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By: Sean Paul Veltmeyer, Langara College, winner of the 2017 Stories from Abroad Scholarship.

Tonight will be the last night of my study abroad program. After spending one night in Shanghai then two in Hangzhou, two of China's colossal coastal cities, my classmates and I have spent the last two weeks housed on the campus of scenic Kunming's Yunnan Agriculture University. Home to six million people this capital of the southern Yunnan province is hardly a small city itself, but feels entirely different than the mega cities. The entire trip has been unforgettable and I have learned so much from the experience.

The first three days we spent on a guided tour seeing various tourist sites around the cities during the day then enjoying our evenings free to explore the citie...

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Janna Wale
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By Janna Wale, Thompson Rivers University, winner of the 2017 Stories from Abroad Scholarship and a member of the BC Study Abroad Writer in Residence Team.

Okay, so I don’t know how many of you guys packed your own lunches growing up, but my mother made sure I was self-sufficient. We would go to the grocery store every week and my older sister and I were allowed to each pick a few items to include in our lunches for the school week to come.

As we got older, we pumped the brakes on some of the things we knew were a definite ‘no’ (chocolate, candy, chips, cakes) and actually began to pick out fruits. As we progressed from grade to grade we had a better understanding of what was going to get squished in our backpacks and what wasn’t. 

To this day, every time I s...

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Gigi Lin
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By Gigi Lin, Simon Fraser University, winner of the 2017 Stories from Abroad Scholarship.

I have finished the majority of my exams now. I have about two weeks left until I return to Canada to start my co-op term. Reflecting back on the past month and a half, I’ve realized how time really flies on exchange.

The mid-semester break in April was pretty sweet. I was able to travel with friends for the first half, exploring the cities of Warsaw, Krakow, and Prague. We chose Krakow because it is the base of the Aushwitz-Birkeneau Concentration Camp. On our day tour at the camp, we were shown how history unr...

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Nicole Kwit, a KPU Study Abroad Alumni and Fine Arts student shares her experience as an exchange student at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies during 2016 summer semester. “Learning to Be Local in Seoul, South Korea: The People You’ll Meet”, explores the people who shaped her journey while abroad. Enjoy an adventure packed series to discover Seoul, South Korea through Nicole’s lens!

Check out Nicole’s video tour of the dorm rooms in th...

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