Lucy Swett

Lehigh University
Shanghai - Engineering

Hi all! My name is Lucy Swett, and I am a sophomore at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. I am majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Chinese. I was adopted from Hubei China, when I was one year old, raised in the United States, and now I am excited to go back for the first time! I hope you join me in my adventure!

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May 11, 2017

I remember when I thought I could dig a hole to China. I would dig and dig for hours on the beach in Florida hoping I could make a hole deep enough to reach the country that I was born in.

April 24, 2017

I don’t want to go home yet, so I’m not going to. I feel like I have just started to get comfortable in Shanghai, so why should I leave? I shouldn’t. Instead, I’m applying to internships in China for the summer.

April 14, 2017

Is this paradise? After walking around the West Lake in Hangzhou, we went to one of the pagodas surrounding the lake around sunset. We climbed up to the fifth floor and could see all of the West Lake and the city of Hangzhou on the horizon.

April 5, 2017

I didn’t have to wear a hazmat suit in Beijing. I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to breathe in Beijing because I was told that the air pollution was really bad that sometimes you can’t see your hand in front of you, and in the winter, the snow is black.

March 30, 2017

An open letter to the rude foreign woman on the plane:

March 22, 2017

There’s nothing like running from the subway just in time to catch the train to get your adrenaline pumping on a Saturday morning. A couple weekends ago, we went to Suzhou for a day.

March 8, 2017

Will you miss Shanghai if you don’t see the Shanghai acrobats? No, but it was still fun. It made me wonder how these people get into their career like balancing glass chandeliers on their feet, juggling hats, or rolling around inside a 5-foot hula hoop.

February 26, 2017

Greetings from Jiao Tong University! When we were first driving through campus, I have to admit it looked like a compound. It’s partly because that’s the way some Chinese buildings look, but also I think it was just the older part of the school.

February 21, 2017

Being sick isn’t fun. I rarely get sick, so it makes me really nervous when I do get sick. My mom told me not to be worried because the reason I rarely get sick is because I was probably exposed to many sick children when I was in the Chinese orphanage.

February 12, 2017

I was so relieved when the other IES Abroad students and I actually made it to Chengdu.  After booking the tickets online, getting through security and customs at the airport, and using public transportation to get to our hostel, I was just glad I was in one piece.

January 30, 2017

Happy Chinese New Year!  It is officially the year of the rooster!  On Chinese New Year’s Eve, I watched the New Year’s Eve TV show that is broadcasted all over China.

January 23, 2017

After 5 movies, 3 hours of sleep, and airline food that was better than expected, I’m in Shanghai!

January 3, 2017

Welcome to my blog!  My name is Lucy Swett.  I am a sophomore at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and I am majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Chinese.