Amanda Heersink trying the cuisine in Olympic Park, China.

SHANGHAI, China – College students have been traveling abroad to expand their understanding of the world as part of coursework for generations.

Through CU Denver’s Maymester offerings, senior communications major Amanda Heersink is 6,000 miles away from home right now. She’s in China for a class titled: Narratives of the New China: Engagement & Exploration taught by Communications Assistant Professor Hamilton Bean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

This course is facilitated through the CU Denver Study Abroad program in the Office of International Affairs.

The students enrolled landed in Beijing and have moved on to Shanghai.

In the course description, Bean noted students “will be able to analyze and reflect critically on cultural sites, displays, and current events from a narrative perspective, as well as appreciate the cultural displays used to construct the past and present narratives of China.”

During the three-week course, Amanda is staying connected across the miles via a blog highlighting what she’s learning and her experiences there. From the Great Wall to eating scorpions, here’s a link to experience China through Amanda’s eyes:

Amanda’s trip abroad concludes next week when she’ll return home and resume her student job in the Office of Media Relations.

Altogether, nearly 900 students are enrolled in the 99 current Maymester session courses. The classes offer full credit in condensed three-week schedules, and the classes span the range of offerings from CU Denver’s various schools and colleges.

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