By Lainey Tick, UIOWA SJMC UPDATE 
This article originally appeared in the University of Iowa's School of Journalism and Mass Communication's October 2012 newsletter
A small classroom filled with some 70 Chinese teenagers is a typical sight for Kirsten Jacobsen, a 2011 University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication graduate. Jacobsen, who speaks barely five words of Mandarin, has somehow found a way to not only survive while teaching in a new culture but also to turn her adventures into stories for The Des Moines Register.
Jacobsen had worked at the Register five months before departing to China in February 2012. She teaches English at a public school and also writes monthly blog stories for the Register about her experiences in a small southern prefecture of Yongzhou, Hunan province.
To hear more about Kirsten and visit her blog, read the full article.