Imani Wilson

Imani is a mathematics major from Hood College. She is studying abroad in Shanghai, China for the Spring 2019 semester and will be blogging about her experience.

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How I Found a Home Away from Home in Shanghai

Jun 28, 2019 11:01:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

With a semester abroad behind her, Imani writes about her experience with integrating as an African American in Shanghai and finding a home away from home. She gives us an honest look at her challenges and successes, and how attending the Black Expo in Shanghai came at the right time during her study abroad journey. Read how she's doing after being back in the US with some final advice on how to challenge yourself out of your comfort zone.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Diversity Abroad

Expectations vs. Reality of My Semester in Shanghai

Jun 22, 2019 10:44:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

Sometimes expectations won't go as planned when reality comes around; but part of being in a new environment is pushing yourself to adapt to change. In this week's post, Imani opens up about speaking in Mandarin, making friends, and missing food from home. She also shares with us about her overall progress over the semester and how she was able to bring out the best parts of herself while studying abroad in Shanghai.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture

10 Things in China That You will NOT Normally Find in the US

May 17, 2019 11:20:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

When you go somewhere different, you're bound to have new encounters. In this week's post, Imani lists 10 differences between the US and China based on her observations. From underground markets to expansive subway systems, she covers what you can expect from everyday life there. 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture

Here's What Makes Mandarin Such a Complex but Beautiful Language

May 11, 2019 10:12:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

In this week's post, Imani gets to the heart of learning Mandarin and shares an introduction to the language. Take note of the basics here and the keys to understanding how the Chinese language works as a result of history and context. After all, the possibilities in life are endless when you know another language!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Language

The Places We Go, The Things We Learn: Reflecting on Shanghai My Global City Events

Apr 18, 2019 11:03:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

In this week's post, Imani visits the World Expo Museum and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center as part of CAPA Shanghai's My Global City events for students. She shares her latest insights on structures around the world and in Shanghai, as well as how urbanization and westernization has made its impact in China.

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Posted in: International Education, Shanghai, China

Budget Breakdown: How I’m Spending My Money During a Semester in Shanghai

Apr 11, 2019 12:02:00 PM / by Imani Wilson

It can be easy to lose track of your spending while abroad! In this week's post, Imani sheds light on her student budget and how she manages her money monthly. She looks at how she's allocated funds for travel, food, souvenirs, and activities in Shanghai, and what is covered by your CAPA program costs.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Scholarships & Financing

What to Expect from Your Classes with CAPA Shanghai

Mar 26, 2019 11:01:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

In this week's post, Imani gives us a quick rundown of her classes in Shanghai and what she's been learning so far. She's getting a deeper look and a holistic view of China's history, its current issues, and the urban transformation  happening all over the country. In addition, Imani is learning something she's wanted to for the longest time—the Chinese Language! Find out what goes on in these classes and more.

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Posted in: International Education, Shanghai, China

How to Master Time Management When Studying Abroad 

Mar 14, 2019 10:30:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

Now that’s she’s been in Shanghai for a few weeks, CAPA Blogger Imani Wilson is learning a thing or two about the time management skills you will gain (out of necessity) while studying abroad. In this blog she shares some tips and anecdotes for mastering time management while abroad to ensure you can make the most of your experience!

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Posted in: International Education, Shanghai, China

Living in Shanghai: The Best of ECNU Student Accommodations

Mar 7, 2019 11:49:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

Are you ready for student life abroad in Shanghai? In this week's post, Imani shares her take on the dorm accommodation and facilities around the ECNU campus. From finding what you need around campus to a look inside her dorm room, she gives more insight on what to prepare for and what she already enjoys about living on campus.

Before I arrived in Shanghai, I was given instructions to get me to the East China Normal University (ECNU) Zhongbei Campus (not the Minhang Campus). There are about 10,000 students here, which is huge compared to Hood College. There are many metro stations and malls nearby.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

The Past, Present, and Future: Why I am Studying Abroad in Shanghai

Feb 9, 2019 10:15:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

The day she has been waiting for is finally here! In her first post, Imani shares her excitement and anticipation about heading to Shanghai for a semester abroad. This experience has been years in the making! From transforming into a Chinese culture aficionado and learning Mandarin for the past four years, Imani reveals why she can't wait to immerse herself in this global city and her academics abroad. 

I always knew that I was going to go to China. I just didn’t think it would happen like this. I never thought that I would ever study abroad. I find that when people think of travel, they think of vacation or traveling for work. We all know that studying abroad is a possibility, but college students might not be able to because of timing and/or money. Miraculously, Hood College and CAPA made studying abroad more affordable and I decided to take a chance because chances like these are hard to come across for most students. If they weren’t, everyone would do it.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Why Study Abroad


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