Goodbye Shanghai

This past summer has been an experience of personal, professional and academic growth. I got to live and work in a China for two months which was an unreal and amazing experience. As the summer came to an end I began to reflect upon my time in Shanghai. I realized that I have grown tremendously….

Working Abroad

During orientation the program directors tell us about challenges we might face in our internships. The chinese and american workplaces are very different because China is known as a high context culture and America is known as a low context culture. High context cultures are those in which communication is primarily conveyed through the use…

My time in Shanghai

I have definitely grown more comfortable in this new city. I know how to navigate the subways, where the closest convenience store is, how to call a taxi, how to order a coffee, and so much more. Being in a place for 2 months it is inevitable that you will grow and become more familiar…

July in Shanghai

My daily commute takes about 45 minutes. I typically arrive at work around 1:30 and stay until 6pm. I walk from the Donghua campus to the West Yan’an metro station which only takes about 10 minutes. I board the number 2 train towards downtown for one stop. Then I transfer to line number 4 and…

Hi from Shanghai

I am already almost halfway through my program. The time here has been flying by and I can’t wait to see what the next 5 weeks have in store for me. I am living in the Donghua University Hotel. My roommate is a local Chinese graduate student, she likes to go by bingbing (饼饼). My…

Oh my! Shanghai

Hey guys! My name is Fiona Kean and I just finished my sophomore year at Pitt. I grew up in New Jersey, I could go on for days about the pizza and bagels but that’s not what this blog is about. Growing up I would go into NYC with my friends and I knew that…