Barbara H. Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
Q: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your study abroad experience?
A: Adventure. Buying food, walking to class, little activities became an adventure.
Q: Why did you choose this destination?
A: I chose China because of its extensive history. I chose Shanghai specifically because it was the host city for the 2010 World Expo.
Q: What are some things that surprised you about the campus, the classes, the culture, customs or traditions?
A: The lack of personal space between friends and strangers. Females linked arms or held hands while walking. Males were not as blatant but had their own form of PDA. The subway or buses were packed during rush hours and during one of my bus rides, I basically sat in a strangers lap for a few blocks. I made friends with local female students; with no hesitation, they would link arms or hold your hand while you walked somewhere.
Q: What are some things you would like students to know about studying abroad in this destination or the program provider you studied with?
A: 1. Do not be afraid of the street food.
2. Walk instead of taking taxis around the city.
3. Body language is pretty universal.
Q: What advice would you offer?
A: Study and do your homework, but explore as much as possible. Read in a park or sit at a restaurant and write your paper. Also try to keep a journal during your trip.
Q: What was your academic goal while studying abroad?
A: I wanted to learn as much of the language as possible.
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