Zai Jian Zhong Guo

After three and a half months, my semester in China has come to an end. I’ve been home for the past two weeks, catching up with family and friends, and relaxing. On one hand, it’s hard to believe my time in Shanghai is over. I’ve been craving bao zi for breakfast. My automatic responses in…

Future Money Moves

Studying abroad has enriched my education tenfold. I have gained an understanding of numerous parts of Chinese history, society, and business. This knowledge was gained from not only the classroom, but also while out exploring the country. All of these things will be super beneficial as I enter the workforce as a business woman. Proving…

Coming to Terms with a New Culture

The basis of Chinese society is very different from the west, so a lot stuck out to me very soon after arriving. My top three takeaways from the first few weeks of the semester are: Culture shock is inevitable to some extent- Even if you think you’re super accepting/understanding/adaptable, at least one thing will throw you…

Shanghai Survival Guide

Over the semester, I’ve come to love living in Shanghai. Reflecting back on my time here, I’ve had the opportunity to do a ton, so I feel like I have some authority on the best things to do in this city. If you’re thinking about studying abroad in China or just stopping by Shanghai for…

Becoming an Expat

Living in a place, even for as short of a time as three months, forces you to consider what it would be like to live there permanently. Before this semester, I would have said I definitely would want to live permanently as an expat in China, at least for a few years at the beginning…

Exploring China

Over the semester so far, I’ve been lucky enough to travel around to a few different cities including Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Sanya, Xi’An, and a bunch in Yunnan province. My first trip was to Beijing after only two weeks in China. My biggest hurdle for the entire journey was figuring out the train station. I…

Meeting MeetUGo

With the career aspiration of working abroad in the future, interning with a Chinese company this semester is the perfect intro to global business. This spring, I’m acting as an operations management intern for a small social media start-up, MeetUGo. The company is a social media platform that compiles events around Shanghai, specifically for expats….

My Home for the Semester

After living in China for the past month, my new reality is starting to feel more and more like home. For the semester, I’m living in an international student dorm on campus, with a Chinese student as a roommate. Living with a native student has been both fun and eye-opening. Most of my friends here…

Arrived in China!

大家好!I’m finally in China!! While everyone at home was planning out their spring break, I was excitedly attending all my orientation and meeting all my new classmates. After having such a long winter break, I’m ready for the semester to start! I will be spending this spring at East China Normal University in the Putuo…