Reflection: An Ending that I Did Not Plan For or Hope For

My internship experience was cut short by 2 weeks due to a medical issue that occurred during my sixth week in Shanghai. It was a sad ending that I did not want, and it resulted in me scrambling around at the last minute to wrap things up at my internship and buy gifts that I planned on buying during the rest of my time in Shanghai. My last full day in Shanghai was an unforgettable one. From being able to go to the Muslim market and try lamb skewers and highly addictive cake (I don’t know what it was made from, but it was really good). I also bought gifts, and I even bargained a little at Tian Zi Fang. My last dinner in Shanghai was full of laughter. We ate Dim Sum, and we all ordered tea and got our own tea pots. We stayed for a while to finish up our tea, and then an employee came around and took away our tea pots. We all thought he was taking them away because we were done, but a minute later our tea pots were back and filled with water. We then proceeded to drink that tea pot while laughing at the fact that we might end up staying the whole night in the restaurant because they kept refilling our tea pots. 

The front of the ACME Biopharmaceutical company building

The addictive cake from the Muslim market. The cake in the back was the best one











My never ending tea pot from the Dim Sum restaurant. I had Jasmine tea.












Although my experience was cut short by an unforeseen event, it was an extremely interesting and fantastic summer experience. I learned a lot about working in a laboratory and it helped me realize that I might want to work in a lab in the future. I also gained confidence in the laboratory. I felt myself improve my skills every day, and I perfected the skills that I already had. I made a lot of memories and I got to travel to Hangzhou and Suzhou. I also met people walking around the city and I realized that people in China are very nice and the reason they stand far away and stare is because they are afraid and shy of foreigners. They would stare at me, but if I stared back and smiled then they would either quickly look away with a shy expression on their face or they would smile right back. Once they knew that I had basic Chinese skills they would try to have conversations with me. I left in a rush on Saturday. I was packing up my apartment and getting my things together when one of my co-workers stopped by to say goodbye. She was not my mentor, but she worked in my lab and her English was by far the best of the group. We talked more together than anyone and I helped her with her pronunciation. We had a long conversation and she also said that after I left she would not have anyone else to practice English with, so I suggested that we keep in contact using Wechat to continue to practice her English and my Chinese. I gained a lot of confidence while abroad and the memories, people, and things that I saw I will never forget.

Window in a building on the island of Three Pools Mirroring the moon in Hangzhou. The “three pools” are not actual pools, but pedestals in the Lake.

Temple of Soul Retreat in Hangzhou has carved statues in cliffs near the temple



Food Stall in Zhujiaojiao. Zhujiajiao is called the Venice of Shanghai. It is about 30 minutes outside of Shanghai by metro.

Soft Serve waffle from Qibao. Another water city in Shanghai.

The Bund in Shanghai.

Bronze knife heads on display in the Shanghai Museum. The knife heads are over 3,000 years old.