Final Thoughts

After being abroad for an entire year, there are a lot of big things that you learn. I will not dive into everything that I learned from the entire year, but rather focus on a few things that I felt were very important at the conclusion of the summer. The number one thing that I think is not only important in the workplace is communication. Being able to communicate effectively is something that is very important for a successful life. The other big thing that being abroad taught me is to be open minded and go with the flow. There were many times over the course of the summer where I was very disappointed with something or I didn’t understand a cultural element, so the best thing for me to do was to open my mind and understand the “why” as opposed to criticizing. The memories and experiences that I have from my time in Shanghai will serve me for a lifetime, there are some skills that I would have never obtained if it weren’t for my time abroad. Saying goodbye to really good friends and parting with Shanghai has been very hard for me, nevertheless I am more than ready to take on the challenges that face me ahead. Thanks so much for Davidson for allowing me to have such an amazing opportunity!

Internship experience

I interned at TÜV SÜD Shanghai on the quality management team this summer. Every single member of my team was very supportive and would help whenever necessary. All of my colleagues were extremely interested in getting to know background and why I would choose to come to Shanghai for an internship. Over the two months that I was at TÜV SÜD I managed several big projects and collaborated closely with the executives in the company. Interestingly enough, some of the best interactions that I had with colleagues was outside of the workplace. In China it is very common to go out with colleagues after work for a drink or maybe even dinner. They all were nice enough to show me a few local places and throughout these interactions I was able to learn so much more about China, the culture, and the people. It is very interesting because so many people have very different opinions about their own country, this is especially the case in China. China has so much culture and history that I feel like in a lifetime I will not be able to know near all of it, but by listening and conversing with many locals I feel like I  have a better grasp than ever before. China is an amazing country.






Shanghai adventures

For the 2017-18 academic year I had been studying in Shanghai. Upon the conclusion of my program in the middle of May, I returned home to Houston for two weeks of rest before returning to Shanghai. I arrived back to PuDong International Airport on May 29th at 8PM. Upon arrival to the airport I quickly cleared customs and continued to my apartment… I started my internship on the following day (May 30). In terms of the culture shock, this trip back to China was, for me, like returning to my own home. I have spent a significant amount of time in Shanghai and knew the ends and outs. Nevertheless, every moment abroad was a new experience for me. You never know what you will encounter, especially in China! My favorite part about China is the food. There are so many awesome options and you can go a very long time without eating the same thing. Not only is Shanghai full of amazing Chinese food, there is also awesome choices for good Japanese food! One of the recent highlights was having Terry Zervos, a senior at Davidson, in Shanghai. I took him to one of my friends restaurant to enjoy some of the best Shanghainese food in Shanghai! After not being at Davidson for a long while, I was able to catch up on the things that happened on campus this past year! Shanghai is an amazing city and I have been more than happy with my experience here!