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你好! Learning Chinese #1

In my little Chinese Trilogy I will share with you my thoughts about learning Chinese, the difficulties, the curiosities, the surprises and what I can already read and understand when I go into Chinatown. But first a little introduction … 大家好!我叫 Frederike 中文名字是非凡! … which means something like “Hello, everyone! I am Frederike, and my…

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Survival after a week-long battle

11:50 pm, 200 words to go… 11:55 pm, 50 words left! 11:59 pm, oops let me get to Blackboard.leidenuniv.nl 11:59:58 pm, SUBMITTED! I guess this pretty much sums up a lot of people’s reading week or exam week at college. (I’m not going to be optimistic about the productivity of college students, sorry) I just…

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Studying while Swinging

I told my friends back home in China that my final assignment for one of my courses this block is to write five diary entries that contain creativity, imagination, and a certain level of knowledge about the historical happenings in the 1960s. They were really surprised, “are you telling me that you write a novelette…

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Some Days Are Just Better

Lately, I’ve been like a zombie.  It’s as if I was in a loop of procrastination. I had so many things to do but… I choose the following: Eat. Watch. Sleep. (And occasionally party.) I was looking for a way to break the cycle and get my life back on track. During this period I…

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Getting Back on Track!

Since I got back to Holland, things haven’t quite gone according to plan. What do I mean by that? Well, let’s take a look at the list below. I was planning on: Partying more Okay, this one I have done. Definitely. It was literally the first thing I did when I got back. We threw…

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When you have one of those days…

…when you just don’t get anything done. You get up and you feel that you are not even motivated to make yourself breakfast… do you know this feeling? and then you only meet people who are as little motivated as you and don’t give you any support in your life and study crisis Well, those…

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Library Wellness

Wellbeing in the library

Those of you who have started studying in Leiden this or last semester and are going to spend a lot of time in the University Library in the future, are lucky: You can enjoy the fruits of years of re-construction and renewal! Katharina has accompanied the process in some of her blogposts last year and…

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