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Finding Myself in the Chaotic Crossroads of Pudong

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

“A good environmental image gives its possessor an important sense of emotional security… this is the obverse of the fear that comes with disorientation” (Kevin Lynch). The past few weeks, navigating my way through Shanghai, have proven that my emotional security and my environmental image are very much entwined. There have been many moments where my Google map has failed …

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Thank you, little girl

In The Art of Travel, 2. Communicating, Shanghai by Rachel2 Comments

Briefly tutored by a Chinese-American friend, I knew approximately two Chinese phrases before arriving in Shanghai: xiè xiè, meaning ‘thank you,’ and xiǎo mèi, which roughly means ‘little girl.’ Whenever I’d do something stupid, my friends would shake their heads at me while calling me xiǎo mèi. Somehow, it never crossed my mind that getting around in Shanghai with only …

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Finding Comfort (Or Lack Thereof)

In The Art of Travel, 1. Introductions, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

After studying abroad last semester and seamlessly transitioning into Czech society, I personally believed I would never experience ‘culture shock’. However, the bank teller who saw me break down into tears two days ago can attest that I had, yet again, jumped to a false conclusion. The days leading up to my bank break down had been inundated with miscommunication, …

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Sleepless in Shanghai

In The Art of Travel, 1. Introductions, Shanghai by Rachel1 Comment

The first time I studied abroad, I fell in love with a city through the eyes of someone else. Before I began dating a boy from a different program who had already been in Prague for almost a year, my perspective of Prague was only what NYU had shown me: Old Town Square’s bustling, con-artist-like resemblance to Times Square, the …

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Revisiting the Familiar

In The Art of Travel, 1. Introductions, Shanghai by Irina1 Comment

Returning to study at NYU Shanghai for a second time is like going back in time and refreshing the mind, allowing certain memories that might otherwise be left forgotten and buried under the heaps of junk stored in our brains resurface once more. When one returns home from a trip, it is easy to recall the highlights and adventures, often …

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Wild Swans

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Shanghai, Books (2) by Kayla Olivas

Wild Swans written by Jung Chang, is a novel that tells the life stories of three generations of women. It touches on many different aspects of their lives ranging from struggles they face while living during the Cultural Revolution to issues within their family. The themes of family and male chauvinism were very prominent throughout the novel and, from what …

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Shanghai

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Shanghai, Exercises in style by Kayla Olivas

Shanghai, Shang (上), Hai (海). Literally meaning on the sea. On the sea there’s much to see, Especially when you’re a foreigner like me. NYU, School, That’s what I’m here for. In class but thinking of more, Want to run out the door, To see what else Shanghai has in store. Street, In the city, So many places to go. …

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Tips

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Shanghai, Tips by Kayla Olivas

Rather than give tips for studying abroad in Shanghai, I decided to just give tips for studying abroad in general. Here are my 5 tips: 1) Go the unconventional route. Studying abroad is supposed to be an experience. Don’t decide to study away in London because you’re too lazy or too intimidated by the fact that you’ll have to learn …