When I arrived in China, I didn’t know what to expect of Shanghai. I basically knew no Chinese, but the members in my lab were incredibly helpful and friendly, only a WeChat away. They were eager to share their projects with me, and my mentor ensured I had a solid project that I was interested in. On weekends, I learned how to use the Metro and explored various parts of Shanghai with other students in the program. We visited Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Nanjing Road, and countless malls. We tried an escape room and spent an evening at Maya Water Park. And of course, we supplemented our travels with lots and lots of food from different cultures. I’d always wanted to visit China, and I’m so happy I got to spend it at SJTU, immersing myself in both research and the Chinese culture. Thank you SJTU!