Meet Lily Tang (she/her/hers), an official CAPA blogger in Shanghai, China for Spring 2020:
University: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Major: Political Science and Asian/Asian American Studies
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 about the opportunity to take courses that allow me to learn more about China’s position in global governance and dive deeper in exploring the relationship between US and China. As a political science major, I am really interested in seeing how China’s domestic policies impact its citizens’ day-to-day life.
What are three of your hobbies and interests?
My three hobbies are going to spin class, volunteering, and hiking! I am passionate about personal development and love trying things that will enhance my mental and physical wellbeing.
What’s one personal goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
A personal goal I hope to achieve while abroad is to learn about best practices in cross-cultural communication and to be able to learn from my fellow classmates and peers. I want to learn more about different people’s stories and experiences.
What’s one professional goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
One professional goal I hope to achieve is to build meaningful relationships with my coworkers in my internship placement and grow my professional network. I am interested in pursuing a career working for the US State Department so interning abroad would allow me to experience what it would be like to work in different communities and learn about different issues.
What can we look forward to reading about in your posts?
Read my posts to learn about how I navigate my study abroad experience in China! You can read about what you should and should not pack as well as tips for interning abroad! Basically, you'll get a ton of practical information on how to make the most of your study abroad experience as well as information on how to navigate a transnational professional space!
Anything else you’d like to say to people reading for the first time?
I am passionate about personal growth and I am super excited to see where this study abroad experience takes me! Follow along on my journey to learn with me!