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Lauren Girard

Lauren Girard will take us into her Shanghai study abroad experience through her vlogs this summer. She's an International Business major at Champlain College who enjoys swimming, exploring/traveling, and skiing. We'll join her as she gains confidence in different metropolitan, cultural, and business settings, as well as getting a taste of the local cuisine. As Lauren films her time around Shanghai, you can look forward to seeing how this journey will affect her education and life experience.

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Budgets, VPNs & Other Tips from a Shanghai Study Abroad Veteran

Aug 14, 2019 12:18:39 PM / by Lauren Girard

In her final episode of the summer, Champlain college student Lauren reflects on her experience in Shanghai and shares tips to help future students deal with the unique experience of studying abroad in China! With advice ranging from budgeting and scholarships, to dealing with China's "Great Firewall" with a VPN, to getting used to the eastern squat toilet, make sure to watch if you're heading to Shanghai this fall - this vlog could be a lifesaver!

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

How to Spend a Weekend in Huangshan for $150

Jul 31, 2019 11:46:18 AM / by Lauren Girard

One great thing about studying abroad in Shanghai is that it can be incredibly cost-effective to travel to other parts of the country, thanks to high speed bullet trains and youth hostels in tourist hot spots! Don't believe us? Champlain College student Lauren and 7 of her friends were able to spend a weekend outside of Shanghai in Huangshan and Hangzhou for less than $150 per person. She breaks down her planning and the costs in this new vlog, so definitely check it out for helpful advice on how to plan a similar trip when you study abroad in China! 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture

Next Stop, Beijing! How to See The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, & the Great Wall in 3 Days

Jul 17, 2019 11:52:20 AM / by Lauren Girard

Every term CAPA Shanghai students enjoy a trip to China's historic capital, Beijing. This summer Champlain College student and CAPA Vlogger Lauren brings us along as she and her classmates discover the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, & The Great Wall of China! Watch to see these beautiful historic sites and hear about Lauren's perspective on the differences between two of China's biggest cities, Shanghai & Beijing,

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture

Inside My Data Analytics Internship in Shanghai

Jul 11, 2019 12:43:38 PM / by Lauren Girard

Want to know more about what it's like to intern in Shanghai? Lauren gives us all the details of her Data Analytics internship with CAPGemini, a French company with offices in Shanghai. From her commute to her daily tasks, the view from her office, and a chat with her coworker, Lauren shares what she is gaining from this experience!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Internships Abroad

Here's What You'll Find Exploring Shanghai's M50 Art District

Jun 19, 2019 4:52:29 PM / by Lauren Girard

In this week's episode, Lauren takes us along to experience a unique side of Shanghai - it's M50 art district. Accompanied by other CAPA students and a guide for this My Global City tour, see what to expect from the most artistic side of this Global metropolis!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture

First Impressions and 3 Tips for Those Studying Abroad in Shanghai

Jun 5, 2019 11:39:57 AM / by Lauren Girard

In her first episode of the summer, Champlain Abroad student Lauren Girard shares her background for how she was able to study abroad in Shanghai, her first impressions/things that surprised her about Shanghai, and 3 pieces of advice she has after her first few weeks in this Global City! 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, shanghai-vlog

Meet Lauren Girard: Official CAPA Shanghai Instagram TV Vlogger Summer 2019

May 18, 2019 10:25:00 AM / by Lauren Girard

Meet Lauren Girard, an official CAPA Instagram TV vlogger in Shanghai, China for Summer 2019:

University: Champlain College
Major: International Business with minors in Data Analytics and Digital Marketing
Study abroad location: Shanghai, China
Internship or volunteer placement: TBC


What are you most excited for during your study abroad semester?
I am most excited to try new foods while in Shanghai!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China


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