I have always been interested in China, and I wrote my senior thesis in college on intellectual property protection agreements between the US and China. When NYU announced it was creating the Shanghai study-abroad program, I knew that I had to go as soon as possible, and was lucky to be admitted as a 2L.
My first three weeks in China have been incredible. I found an apartment near the campus with an amazing view. After our two-week intensive introductory course, I traveled in the south for a week with some other students, visiting rice paddies, karst limestone mountains, and the Li River during Chinese New Year. Now I am in Beijing for a week before our classes begin. I have found Shanghai (and the rest of China) very welcoming.