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March 27, 2012

My International Experience trip to Shanghai, Nanjing, and Beijing was extremely educational and informative. Hearing from Chinese citizens working in the financial sector and experiencing daily life in the country adds important perspectives to what I have read in the press. I’ve summarized some of my final impressions below:

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March 12, 2012

Greetings from China! I arrived in Shanghai a week ago on my International Experience. I traveled from Shanghai’s Pudong Airport on a recently-built 300 km/hr Maglev train and soon encountered an old-fashioned taxi scam. I had arrived at the Maglev station with clear instructions about what to do: bypass those people who verbally offered me a taxi and head straight to the official taxi line. I assumed I probably wouldn’t get a cabbie who would try to rip me off. After waiting in line for a little bit, I got a cabbie who tried to rip me off.

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March 12, 2012

Bettina is a fellow classmate on my trip to China and had the following dispatch from Shanghai: Nǐhǎo from Shanghai! My name is Bettina and I am a first-year student at the Yale School of Management. Paul kindly agreed to let me “guest post” on his blog as we travel together in China for our International Experience Trip. Like many of my classmates on this excursion, this is my first visit to China. In fact, it is my first visit to Asia. Our ten day course began in Shanghai.

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February 24, 2012

New Haven (along with the rest of the Northeast) has experienced a mild winter so far. We got a dusting of snow today, which the rain is now washing away. In fact, we have only experienced about two true snowstorms, one of which occurred before Halloween.

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December 21, 2011

First, I want to apologize to those reading this post for information about the Yale School of Management Synchronized Swimming Club, because as of this writing no such club exists. Instead, this post is about the Integrated Curriculum.

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October 19, 2011

I pulled together some numbers that are illustrative of my time at the Yale School of Management so far: 0. The number of minutes I have driven a car while at Yale. As a lifelong Southern Californian, I have spent a great deal of life in my car. I drove one to and from work. I was accepted to Yale while I was in my car. But in New Haven, I haven’t had much of a need for one. By walking, taking the Yale Shuttle, and hitching rides with friends, I don’t find much need for a car.

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