Orientation Week

Natalie Lau
February 24, 2014

Left to Right: Natalie, Sarah, Brittany, Taylor
Behind is a close up view of the Oriental Pearl Tower and surrounding colorfully lit buildings from a boat on the Huangpu River.

Our group photo before the river cruise on the Huangpu River!


After our group posed for this photo, a bunch of Chinese tourists tried to join in our photo. Who knows why?!

Orientation week has been packed with fun-filled activities, I’m sure that everyone would agree with me when I say that we’re all exhausted. But that hasn’t stopped us from having anymore fun! The day after everyone arrived, we had a day full of presentations about what to expect this semester. All the IES Fudan and SUFE students have gotten to know each other very well throughout the week. Everyone is so kind and we all have so much to learn from each other. Many of us have already traveled abroad before, in fact, many of us have already been to different cities in China. So excited for the many stories we’ll hear throughout the next four months.

On Wednesday, we had our language placement test – written and oral. Thursday, we found out our results and were able to pick up our textbooks on Friday! We spent most of Friday just hanging out until 4PM. At 4PM, we headed towards Pudong to take a river cruise on the Huangpu River. It was so windy and cold! But having everyone there made it worth it. The sights we saw were beautiful – seeing the city light up the way it did simply amazed me!

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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Aloha! Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Natalie Lau currently attends Villanova University in Pennsylvania. She is a sophomore pursuing a double major in Finance and International Business and a minor in Chinese Studies. Natalie loves playing the cello, tap dancing, singing, photography, swimming, and (of course) hanging out at the beach. Studying abroad in Shanghai, China has been Natalie&#39;s long time goal and she is so excited for this wonderful opportunity to fully immerse herself in to Chinese culture. Her goals during this semester abroad is to attain a high level of fluency in Mandarin and grasp a better understanding of the Chinese business culture. She is extremely excited to experience a new learning environment and create new relationships!</span></p>

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