The rest of the internship was a crash course in surviving outside of my comfort zone. Illiterate foreigner in my own homeland. Severely limited in food options due to my picky palate (Nothing from the ocean or with enough spices to kill me). Learning how to communicate with Shanghai girls for the first time. Sorry mom. Making a handful of new friends. Trying every flavor of Lay’s potato chips in Family Mart. The Family Mart snack section in general. Family Mart.
All in all, my time in Shanghai has been filled with experiences, both good and bad, that I never would have had in the United States. I had the freedom to pursue my own projects, structure my own classes, and explore multiple different cities in China at will. I have no regrets looking back on this summer.