wischmeyer_mi, June 15th, 2018
China Mays Visit 2018
June 14, 2018
Final China Reflection
I am grateful that China has offered me many different opportunities to learn about their people and culture during my time here. As I continue to adjust to my life here in Shanghai I am encountering several challenges that I still have yet to overcome. One of them being the language barrier. Luckily, I have befriended several people that have helped me along the way with not only the language barrier but also general advice about living in Shanghai. For example, my coworkers were generous enough to show me popular places to visit like the aquarium.
I am thankful that I had the courage to stay in China after the A&M group left. Admittedly, it was quite a spontaneous decision since the original program I had applied for didn’t let me know that I got an offer until after everyone left. I stayed in Beijing for the rest of the week spending time with my childhood friend who grew up in Beijing so I was able to experience local places. One of the local places was the arts district where we witnessed several artists painting on the walls.
That Sunday I traveled to one of the three Beijing train stations and hopped on board to Shanghai. After exiting the train station, I took a 30-minute ride to my Airbnb. The next day I started interning as an analyst for a company called Olam. This company operates from seed to shelf delivering commodities to customers world wide.
After living in China for approximately 5 weeks, I have learned that the key to living a successful and happy life here as a tourist is to be open to change and be flexible. Not many people have the opportunity to visit China, so I have been diligent about taking every opportunity that comes my way. For example, the first weekend in Shanghai I was meeting a friend in the city center. I had to take the metro to get there so I was a bit nervous. I got even more anxious after I found out I went the complete opposite direction but after I sorted it all out it became a breeze. I cannot wait to experience what these next weeks have in store for me and I am very excited to learn more about China.
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