The Bloggers

Rick Altieri

Rick Altieri graduated Regis High School in 2010, and has deferred enrollment at Amherst College until 2011. Both institutions will undoubetedly regret their association with him. During his gap year, Rick will take Mandarin classes in Beijing at Tsinghua University, volunteer at a local school, teach English, and work at a newspaper. Someone once described Rick as very good looking. Once.

Gregory Kristof

Greg Kristof graduated Scarsdale High School in 2010 and has deferred enrollment at Harvard University until 2011. He is particularly fond of philosophy, politics and explosives. During his stay in Beijing he will study Chinese, work and teach English.  It is expected that most of the city will be intact when he leaves.

Just as Taiwan and the People’s Republic agree that there is only one China, Rick and Greg agree that there is only one good blogger. As with Taiwan and China, they differ about the rest. They make a point of thoroughly editing each other’s writing.


12 Responses to The Bloggers

  1. Robert says:

    Your blog is a pleasure to read! I studied at Tsinghua for a semester and have since gone on to start a Chinese language school in southern China. My experiences in Beijing were so important to my development as an individual and as a member of the greater community. Enjoy your time and remember how fortunate we are to be offered such experiences!

  2. Änne Troester says:

    Good luck to both of you! While my dad was working on Madison Avenue I spent a year and a half at Scarsdale High and it seemed like a foreign world – in fact it was only a foreign country, as I’m from Germany. So hoping you have a good time and lots of fun on your foreign adventures!

  3. Carol Hansen says:

    Great blog. Don’t let this be your last gap year. I’m 58 and am always dreaming about my next adventure.

  4. Megan E. says:

    Hey guys!

    This is so great that you are writing a blog about your gap year. Im 18 and graduating h.s. in the spring and am really pushing my parents to let me take a year “off” to travel and work in Sudan (actually at the school Greg’s dad wrote a great article about: Marial Bai Secondary School). Your blogging might just win the ‘rents over haha.

    Thanks for some insight/convincing on why I should take a gap year!

  5. crystaly says:

    Hey guys,

    I’m a fellow high school Class of 2010er (and for Ricky, a fellow Amherst College student). I stumbled upon your blog and I think what you’re doing is SUPER cool! I actually blog a bit myself ( and I love reading about interesting experiences from other students. I’m thinking of studying abroad in China for a summer or junior year so I might have a lot to learn from you. 🙂

    Anyways, just wanted to reach out and say hi! I’m looking forward to reading about your awesome gap year! 🙂

    Crystal C. Yan (@crystalcy)

  6. Kathleen Feld says:

    Gregory, I actually worked with you and your siblings for several years at Score. Due to that fact, I (of course) will take some credit for your successes! Seriously though, I am glad to see you are doing so well. I look forward to reading about your experiences. Best of luck to you both!

  7. Love you blog and am delighted by your personality and bravery! I would love to post your link to my blog and to follow you. You are just the burst of energy and enthusiasm I need. I’m at the 6-month mark, or thereabouts, on my blog and would love a fresh, exciting new contact!! Best Wishes on your incredible adventure!

    Dianne Murray

  8. Andrea De Leon says:

    I am a high school senior in Miami and I have become hooked on this blog. Thank you for the insight!

  9. Carola says:

    I’m thoroughly enjoying reading your blog and following your adventures!

  10. suexilin says:

    Very well written articles 🙂 I love seeing China through the eyes of a newcomer, it’s something that wears off with time and the city turns perfectly normal and ordinary. Your writings made it exciting again 🙂 Good job, guys!

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  12. Hi Rick

    This is Nadia, Website Director at I’ve just been reading about your gap year experience so far in China, and it sounds like you’re having a great time (what a great way to spent your time off and learn some Mandarin!). At Go Overseas, we feature gap year experiences like yours to help our audience plan their trips. Let me know if you’re interested in sharing your experiences as well, and I will send more details, our audience would love to learn more about your gap year.

    Best, and happy traveling!

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