Mara Kristula-Green • New York City, USA • BLCU July 2010
to Beijing to learn Chinese was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I had no contacts, no research done on where to study Chinese and I definitely knew no Chinese. The more I read about CSA, the more I became comfortable with putting my soon-to-be Chinese experience in their hands and I was not disappointed. They fit their schedule around mine and made sure that everything was taken care of before I arrived in Beijing. The CSA community is strong and supportive, something that I feel lucky to have happened upon.