Wednesday, April 25, 2007

oh this week...

So this week is going to be a lot of work. I just finished my paper on agricultural production in China's growing economy, and I still have to write another paper by Friday. On what, I have no idea. I also have my International Agriculture final tomorrow afternoon, my Cropping Systems final on Thursday morning, and then my World Soil and Plant Resources final on Friday. Then I get to study all weekend for my Genetics final on Tuesday next week. Next week can't come fast enough!

But, at the same time, I am looking forward to summer. It will be fun to work at the China Center. I've also got a couple of camping trips planned, which will be fun.

Last night at 9:00, I had a teleconference with the Secretary of Public Relations of China (not just me, there were many people there from the office). His position is similar to that of a Vice President of China, and I did a pretty good job of humiliating myself. I was supposed to say "Sho jung hao, wo jiao Bryce. Wo xi huan xue hanyu." Instead I said "zhou sheng hao" and stopped right there because I knew I was very wrong. What I said made no sense to them, and I didn't even bother to introduce myself. After the three of us students finished, the Chinese dignitaries had a pretty good laugh. Wow, to feel stupid saying something so simple is definitely humbling. I should have just said something like "jin tian ti jin hao," meaning "the weather is nice." I already sounded dumb, so something off topic, but in Chinese, might had some redemption for me. If I'm going to spend any time in China, I've definitely got to brush up!

Well, I have to get back to work.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Spring is FINALLY here!

The last couple of days have been in the mid-70's! Today is in the 60's and supposed to rain, but I am not complaining. This is a very busy week for me, so I'm glad at least the weather is nice.

I have three finals and two term papers due this week. I am going to be writing and studying like crazy all week. The nice part is, I only have one final next week, on Tuesday morning. After that, I am completely finished with school for the semester!

Plans are still not set for next year. I'm continuing to go to my meetings for the Philippines, and talking with Yong about China, so we'll see what happens.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

It's Wednesday, and it's SNOWING. Blizzard-like conditions in mid-April are not my favorite, and snow continues to be a major deterrent in me going to class. Sure, I go, but I'm not excited about the 12ish minute walk from Erickson to PSS... I like sunny days where my feet can stay dry! I guess that's what we get in Michigan.

It's crazy to think that I have only 3 weeks left of school! I'm looking forward to summer, as usual. I don't have too many things planned, but a few trips will keep me busy. The most interesting will probably be this camping trip with my friends from high school on May 11. Sleeping Bear Dunes on May 11th?!! It has a month to stop snowing I guess, but I would rather not freeze to death. Who knows, maybe it will be 80F!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Easter Weekend

Bean is THE WORST movie ever made. Period.

And I'm convinced that my friends are seriously lacking in sound judgement.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Things just got a little more interesting...

I am surrounded by opportunities. It's a blessing, but at the same time, it can feel like a curse. Yesterday at work, Yong said to me "Hey Bryce, do you still want to go to China? All we need to do is find an official middle school teacher and we're all set." Apparently he's been in talks with a school over there that wants a teacher and an assistant (that would be me) to come over and teach English in their middle school.

I made sure to ask him if he was serious this time, or if it was just an idea, and he said it was for real. I guess I have to weigh my options here:

China would be for a year (September to Septemberish), and would be in I would probably actually make money while I was living there, in Beijing. I would get to practice my Chinese and a year would definitely immerse me into the culture. But, I wouldn't be going to school, and it would take me longer to graduate.

The Philippines would be for at least 4 months, maybe more, but it would cost me and the parents around $6000. On the other hand, I would be getting credit for school, probably getting work experience in agriculture. The classes are taught in English, so the language barrier would be a much smaller problem.

And then there are the opportunities that I have here in Lansing, regarding more than one leadership position with the college group, and my job at the China Center. Yeah...this stuff pales to the chances listed above...but at the same time, seems much more realistic.

Life decisions can never be easy can they? Please pray that I will somehow get some direction on which option is the best plan for me. I will be asking around, but ultimately the decision is mine to make...and that's a lot of pressure. Wow.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Day Off!

Today, my cropping systems class was cancelled because my professor is in Colorado, so I got to sleep in. That was my only class today, so I'm just working and taking it easy.

I have added a few links down the side, some pictures and other things that I'm involved in, so feel free to check them out!

Here's some pictures from my spring break trip to Florida. I know some of you wanted to see some of them (Just click on the picture and it will take you to the album).

Monday, April 2, 2007


Well, I went to that meeting last night. There were four american students and a plethora of filipinos. Everyone that I met was very nice, and it's good to know that when I fly over in October, they will be there.

I learned quite a bit about the program, and just what living there is like. Two of the guys that went on the trip last year showed up late and gave us some idea on what to look into before we left, where to live when we got there, how to get around, etc. The three guys that are going in June are going to have an interesting time. From what I could tell, they are all very, VERY different, and if they end up living together, well, let's just say I'm sort of glad that I'm not going with them.

The idea of me going by myself is pretty intimidating, but at the same time, it makes it more of an adventure. Heading out into another culture, an different HEMISPHERE, completely on my own. But I'm sure I have nothing to worry about. I told my mom the only way to move out of my house was to move to the other side of the world. She didn't think it was that funny :oD .

So, it's becoming more and more real every day. I have to get together with my advisor to find out what is required for my internship that I have to do to graduate, and whether or not working at IRRI (the International Rice Research Institute) will get me the three credits that I need. Let's hope so!