What is the most valuable lesson you learned while abroad?
I met people with diverse backgrounds and learned about different perspectives on the world. What’s more, I saw a huge change in China; the society has become more innovative, which was surprising. I also learned more about Chinese traditions and beliefs through the courses I took. This broadened my scope of knowledge.
How did this experience prepare you for a future in the global workforce?
The summer exchange program at Fudan broadened my network by providing me with the chance to explore Shanghai and its industries. I found Shanghai to be very prosperous, with a lot of famous corporations. This helped me to see many different options for my future career.
What was the hardest part about studying abroad?
I got lost on the way to my first day of school. Luckily I can speak Chinese so I asked the local people for help.
What is your best advice for students who want to study abroad?
Be open-minded and respectful of the local people. Some customs in China are different from those in Canada, so I would say doing research before studying abroad is very important. Also, the exchange program is a great opportunity to meet other students from different places, which could be a chance to broaden your network.