The Daily Grind, Ground Beef!

I chose to intern at Heartland Brothers this summer because I wanted a marketing internship in the food industry. They import and fabricate beef and pork which comes from farms in the Midwest of the US. When consulting with our internship coordinator, I also heard that they always make lunch in the office, and if…

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…

A Summer of Personal Growth

Working for Downland this summer was a great experience. Being able to get comfortable with some of my coworkers the first day of work made the transition easier. What helped my coworkers feel more comfortable talking to me was using the little Chinese that I knew. Once they realized how bad my Chinese was, that…

Getting to Work, 坐地铁

Commuting in Shanghai has been a lot easier than I anticipated. Before coming here the idea of my direction-less self navigating through such a big and busy city was unthinkable, but the transit system is incredible. I mainly get around using the metro but I’ve also used the buses and both will easily get you…

Comfortability in China

Throughout the first half of my study abroad program, I appreciate the fact that I’ve been able to learn about and witness aspects of the Chinese culture and compare them to American culture. It didn’t take long for me to experience culture shock in Shanghai. In my previous blog I mentioned the lack of personal…

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…

再见, Moving to Shanghai

We’ve been in Shanghai for a little over a week now (I’m publishing this way past when I wrote it because VPN’s and things) and I’m still so excited to be here. Every time we go to the Bund and see the skyline of the financial district it hits me that we’re really in China…

Work and Transportation

I’m on the product development team for the Chinese branch of the British bedding company Downland. My job entails conducting market research, brainstorming ideas for new products, and some social media and marketing. The office is small and has only been in China for three years. There are about ten employees who work in the…