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Jessica Xi

Portillo's, Pasta, Peking Duck: Adventures Abroad

Hi there! My name is Jessica Xi and I'm third-year student at Loyola studying International Studies and History as my majors and Chinese and Leadership Studies as my minors. I am from Minnesota and have been involved in many, many activities at Loyola, from the Karate Club to Welcome Week to my sorority, to name a few. I'm going abroad to Loyola's Rome and Beijing campuses for the 2017-2018 academic year as a member of the Ricci Scholars Program, which grants me an opportunity to do a cross-cultural study. My project is on self-initiated English-speaking expatriates from Western countries. I'm very passionate about Leonardo da Vinci, my Chinese heritage, spy films and history facts, so feel free to ask me about them!

Bubble Tea? Yes Please!

Bubble Tea? Yes Please!

March 21st, 2018

If you’re looking for a food fad sweeping the world, look no further than Argyle – or maybe Chinatown. It’s bubble tea! Also known as boba or milk tea, this sweet treat is a blended drink of a million different types, kinds, and sizes. It was invented in Taiwan in the 1980s and has spread […]

Do I Need to Know Chinese?

March 5th, 2018

There’s a lot of questions when it comes to choosing a college, not to mention whether or not – and where – to study abroad. One of the things that I always hear is debating the language barrier. In Rome, you can get by just in English, although it isn’t very polite to your host […]

Roommates? What?

March 4th, 2018

So, here in Beijing, we have a special program unlike the Rome Center – you have the option of having a Chinese student of the University of International Business and Economics as your roommate! Of course, you don’t have to, you can elect to have a fellow American student as your roommate, as long as […]

Technology and China Living

Technology and China Living

March 2nd, 2018

I wrote an article a while ago about apps you’ll need for college life, such as Venmo and GroupMe. Well, you need a whole host of other ones to really do well in China. And, pro tip, but don’t come here with a Google phone. One of my friends has hers with and it’s a […]

Food Feature: Hangzhou Xiao Chi

March 1st, 2018

Last semester I told you all about my favorite restaurant in Rome, Osteria dell’Anima, with the pear pasta I dream about sometimes. Although it seems I eat out for every meal here in China, there haven’t been many times where I eat out downtown instead of around the campus, because unlike Rome, there are restaurants […]

Spring Festival? Spring Festivities!

Spring Festival? Spring Festivities!

February 28th, 2018

I told you about my Fall Break trip to Greece for ten days or so last semester, but Spring Festival trip here in China is a little bit different. Sure, last semester we had Fall Break and also Thanksgiving break, and this semester we have Spring Festival and Spring Break (and two long weekends as […]

What Did I Expect?

February 4th, 2018

I think one of America’s biggest stereotypes of Chinese students is that they are very, well, studious. It may not always seem that American students are just as much, especially if you aren’t in university or don’t know many. But trust me. Even in Chicago, even in Rome, especially in China, we American students have […]

Beijing Life and Living

January 28th, 2018

Wow. I can’t believe I’ve been here for two full weeks already! It’s certainly been an action-packed adventure already. If I were to go home now, I’d still have stories for a lifetime! All of us here at TBC have settled into our lives here in Beijing, although just as a pattern and not as […]

Ni hao from China!

Ni hao from China!

January 24th, 2018

Coming to you live (and early) from Beijing, I’m abroad once more and feeling great! (So far.) A lot has happened in the past week, but I won’t bore you with the orientation details. Let me just tell you about some of the surprises I’ve been having, and will continue to have, in this chapter […]

What Happens in Study Abroad…

What Happens in Study Abroad…

December 22nd, 2017

… Stays with you forever.   It feels like months ago, or maybe just yesterday, or maybe even that I dreamed it, but finals week was just last week. Less than seven days ago I was in Rome, typing furiously on my last paper due and studying harder for my upcoming tests. I was mentally […]