|West Lake is the perfect place to reflect|
Another of my favorite things about my time in Shanghai specifically with regards to studying at East China Normal University is the diversity. Shanghai is a melting pot of people from all over the world. I had the privilege of meeting and befriending other people and students from countries I haven't even heard of before!
|Learning Chinese wouldn't have been the same without my awesome classmates!|
I learned a lot from my classes, all of which were in some way focused on China in some way. Through learning the language, I was able to better maneuver daily life in Shanghai. I was even able to have some decent conversations with some of my Asian friends, in Mandarin, that didn't know any English. Having economics, urbanization, and sociology classes focused on China also helped me better understand the culture and values of the people that I walked the streets with on a daily basis.
|I will miss the sights of Shanghai|
My biggest takeaway from my experience is that I now feel like I now have a more global perspective on life itself. Before, having gone outside of the US only a few times for short intervals, I had a very limited perspective on the world I was living in. Actually, living in a place for an extended period of time and interacting with people with very different beliefs and cultures has expanded that drastically. I feel like heading back to the US, I can implement this new perspective in my interactions with people who are different than I, with a more open mind and open heart. I will miss China so much: the food, the people, the crazy things that I see happen on a daily basis, I will miss it all. I cannot wait to come back!
|Our time together may have been short...|
|...but the friendships we have made will last forever!|
Matthew M. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Shanghai, China. He is currently a junior studying Global Business at Cedarville University.
Matthew Miklas is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO Blogger in Shanghai, China, and is currently studying at Cedarville University.