I never thought in all my years that one trip abroad would be a major turning point in my life. Prior to entering college, my parents gave me the option to either work for the U.S. Postal Service or go to college. Essentially, they were telling me college was my only option. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life in terms of a career. My parents even chose my major because the job field was lucrative. My perspective changed when I went abroad to…

When I first came to China, I definitely did not realize not only how large the country itself was, but how different the places I would visit would be. I recently had the opportunity to travel with a group of about 100 students from East China Normal university, my school in Shanghai, to experience the culture and see the sights of Beijing. I expected to go to Beijing and feel like I never left Shanghai, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Shanghai, although not the capital of China…

As my study abroad experience in Shanghai comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on my time here. This semester has by far been the beat time of my life. I have made so many memories that I will never forget. Some of my favorite times were the trips that I was able to take throughout while in China both with CEA and on my own. I was able to travel to Dalian, Wuzhen, Hangzhou, Beijing, and Nanjing. Each of these cities was unique and was a great…

The campus of East China Normal University is supremely located near some of the best places in Shanghai. Not only is what is on the outside of campus convenient and fun, the inside provides students with the best of everything. From beautiful gardens to hundreds of food options to shops of all kinds, students are sure to live comfortably during their study abroad semester. Matthew M. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Shanghai, China. He is currently a junior studying Global Business at Cedarville University.

One of my favorite parts about studying abroad so far has been the friends that I have been able to meet.  Coming to Shanghai, I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought that I would be in class with all Americans, with some Chinese classmates here and there. I couldn’t have been more wrong. My classes are more diverse than I could have ever expected. In my Chinese class of only 15 people, there are 11 different nationalities represented (Iraq, Canada, United States, South Korea, China, Pakistan,…

One of the scariest things about coming to China was the fact that I had never taken a Chinese class before in my life and knew no more than 10 Chinese words. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get to where I needed to go, or buy what I needed to buy, or do anything, simply because I had no idea how to communicate. Luckily, the language barrier has been one of the least of my worries since arriving here in Shanghai. When I first got off…

I imagined that my semester in China, although culturally different, would still be structurally similar to my semesters in the United States. I couldn’t have been more wrong. One of the most exciting aspects of my journey to China has been the opportunity I have had to travel. East China Normal University, where I am studying, is located in Shanghai. So far, I have had the opportunity to travel to Wuzhen for a weekend, and Dalian for two separate trips. I expected each place to be similar, but they are all so…

Our CEA Shanghai group visited a traditional Chinese water town, Wuzhen, for the weekend excursion. We were able to visit and observe the traditional making of  indigo cloth, soy sauce, and silk! That night, we were welcomed to lodge and dine in a local family’s home. What an amazing experience! Matthew M. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Shanghai, China. He is currently a junior studying Global Business at Cedarville University.

One of the things that I was most worried about coming to China was what the classroom environment would be like. I had in my head, a picture of rigorous course loads that required hours upon hours of work, done in a silent classroom where only the professor was allowed to speak. My first classroom experience was quick to do away with all presumptions about the Chinese classroom. The teachers so far have promoted a very interactive environment that, in my mind, furthers the learning experience. Many teachers…

Upon arrival in Shanghai, I realized I was in a land of unknowns. I was surrounded by every nationality except my own. I couldn’t read any signs or advertisements.  I couldn’t understand what anyone around me was saying. I was shocked to realize I really had no idea how to function in what seemed to be a whole new world. I painstakingly made my way through the airport, hoping that by following the crowd I would make my way to the right place! I made it through the…