The Easiest Way to Make New Friends Is Through Studying Abroad!

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Studying abroad in Fudan University in Shanghai, China has got to be one of the greatest decisions I’ve made thus far in my college career.

To be frank, the first couple of days in Shanghai were tough. Professors at Fudan expected us to familiarize ourselves with class materials as swift as possible. Companies that we interned at required at least an hour of commute, which was dreadful at occasions especially during the city’s peak rush hours. Additionally, with the season’s unpredictable and unbearable weather conditions, it took a while to adapt both physically and mentally.

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Although there were a few conflicts here and there, it didn’t take long for me to adjust to the people and environment. From morning Chinese classes to afternoon internships to evening and weekend outings, I’ve gradually become friends with this city and its people. The most rewarding aspect of studying abroad in a place like Shanghai was definitely the people I’ve had the pleasure of encountering there.

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It’s truly extraordinary how many diverse nationalities are represented in Shanghai! Within six weeks, I was able to meet friends from all over the world including Mauritius, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Germany, Argentina, Portugal, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and the list continues. Every day felt like an adventure for me because of the countless ways of entertainment discovered at each corner of Shanghai. For instance, my friends and I would plan frequent trips to sightsee the highlights of the city, which includes lovely temples, remarkable landscapes, and modern skyscrapers. In addition, I was also spellbound by the culture demonstrated through its diverse cuisines, popular trends, and exclusive lifestyle.

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To sum it all up, Shanghai is definitely worth visiting as it is a city of unique characteristics ranging from ancient to modern and bustling to serene.

Maggie Chen, a Biology major and Chinese minor, who studied abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai, China during summer 2016

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