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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

Notes from Abroad: Kaitlyn in China

Katilyn Daniel ’20, a major in International Relations with a minor in Asian Studies, is studying at the University of Shanghai in China.

Studying abroad has been a challenging yet rewarding experience. Choosing to come to Shanghai was the right choice for me. Being an Asian Studies minor, Chinese culture is really fascinating and there is so much that cannot be understood unless you experience it first hand. One of my favourite things about China is the mix of old and new. Shanghai is one of the more modern cities in China and even then there are many times I forget I am living in a first class city. Its so modern that sometimes I think I’m back in Chicago then I’ll stumble upon a street that makes you feel like you’ve been transported back to ancient times. Yet adapting to life in here was not difficult , in fact I think reverse culture is something I will have to look out for. The best advice I can give is to embrace the experience, the good and the bad. Resisting and holding onto what you think is normal will keep you enjoying and experience one if the best moments if your life!