Bittersweet Last Day-BEAUTIFUL trip

I woke up today morning feeling extremely content-which is weird. I usually do not feel content after traveling somewhere-I am always left wanting something more, wanting to stay in the place and keep exploring. However, there was an extreme feeling of happiness-just to have been blessed to experience everything that I was able to. I…

Yu Garden and Presentations

As I woke up, I could not help but smile at the fact that in the past two weeks, I had experienced so much that I have never done before. It is experiences like these that make you realize the beauty of life and how unique it actually is. I felt so incredibly lucky to…

Delphi and AmCham

Today, our day was filled with various company visits to Delphi ICE Company and the AmCham company. I was so excited to visit these two companies, as we would truly be able to see how the engineering side fits in with the business aspect of a company. At the Delphi Company, we heard from a…

Cargo Shipping is an Intricate System

I was probably the most excited to tell my family about today’s visit! We went to the Ocean East International Logistics Company, along with the Yang Shan port, which was a wonder in of itself. The Ocean East International Logistics Company is a logistics transportation company that deals with manufactured products and raw goods coming…

East China University: A Bonding Experience

Today was definitely one of the most intriguing, inspiring, tiring, and fun day of the entire trip so far. We had the opportunity to visit the East China University of Science and Technology, where we engaged in a brief lecture, campus tour, and activities with university students, which was such a great visit! In high…

Reflecting on China sitting on the Speed Train

Yesterday was our last full day in Xi’an. Today, we traveled to Shanghai by speed train. I am sitting on the speed train as I am writing this, my head slightly leaning on the window and just reflecting.   I love China. Except I am not in love with the high rise buildings, superb facilities,…

Terra Cotta Warriors and Bike Rides through the City Wall

As we woke up, we were all very excited to eat the wide assortment of breakfast and bask in the fact that we would be seeing the very renowned Terra Cotta warriors today!! I was so excited to see in person what we have spent so many years learning about. I have realized that China…

Speed Trains zip by!

Today was our last morning in Beijing-we were going to travel by speed train to Xi’an today. It was a little bittersweet when we woke up-we were excited to be able to experience another city in China, but sad at the same time that a few of our friends would not be there to join…

Forbidden City and Taichi: loved it!

Today was our last full day in Beijing, and I woke up knowing I wanted to make the most of today and all that Beijing had to offer. Today, we were going to go on a variety of cultural visits to the Forbidden City, Hutong Tour, and Temple of Heaven with a Taichi class! Wow!…

Chinese Companies are a world of its own

Today, we were going to do two company visits: to the Sunshine Insurance Group and Xiaomi companies, and it is needless to say that I was so excited and looking forward to the visit. I enjoy going on many different company visits, as you are able to learn about the company in a short period…

Central University of Finance and Economics Visit

I woke up so excited for the day ahead-we were going to the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing today! The plan was to interact with the students there, go on a campus tour, and hear a lecture from a faculty member in order to really be able to see how our education…

The Great Wall: An Architectural Feat

AHH!!!!! Today, we were going to see the Great Wall of China! As I woke up to the beautiful morning light of Beijing, greeted by the plethora of cars and busses on the road and people on the streets, I was smiling from ear to ear as I got ready for the day. I was…

Landed in China!

Finally! The day had arrived that we would finally be in China. The excitement of landing in China was so extremely real that the entire time on the flight all I could think about were the adventures that were yet to come and the crazy journey that had somehow led me here. It was such…

Thank You: Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship

I cannot say my final goodbyes to my Pitt Plus3 Blogging Spree without thanking the primary reason for which I was able to attend: the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship. Thank you so much for making my dream of studying abroad and seeing China come true-I cannot thank Pitt enough. Thank you for all of the…

Final Blog: Post-China Final Summary

For my final blog, I will discussing five professional development topics. My responses are a combination of previous knowledge and fresh opinions. The topics of the questions are found in the headers below. Ethical Issues In My Profession To be clear, my current, intended profession is somewhere within the finance industry. We have seen the…

Reflections

I was very lucky to have this opportunity to visit China. When applying to the Plus3 program, I was originally stuck between China and Germany. Germany’s focus on the automobile industry was attractive as a mechanical engineer, but ultimately I am so happy to have chosen China as my first choice. China’s role in the…

The Homeward Haul Day

May 19 Well… it’s over. And now I have to endure this absurdly long plane ride home. At least there are some good movies on the plane (and I’m in the middle seat again). We woke up today and had an hour drive to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Security at the airport was a little…

The Past and Present(ation) Day

May 18 The last day of the trip! And our shortest bus ride of the trip? Yep. Today we visited the Yu Garden with our tour guide Alex, who we had not seen since the first day we got to Shanghai. We parked in a parking lot in some random area of the city and…

The American Bunny Day

May 17 Today’s bus ride was not nearly as long as yesterday’s (thankfully). Today in the morning we visited Delphi Technologies. The person we met with there was head of sales but most shockingly, he was also a Pitt Grad. Well, he got his Ph.D. from Pitt, but still! In his talk, we talked a…