Month: February 2014

7 Shanghai reasons


As part of its academic curriculum, Hult offers its students to rotate (twice) between its campuses. The possibilities are New York, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai, London or Shanghai. From the start, I knew I would rotate to Shanghai and stay there until the end of the academic year in August. I only rotate once because  I find two months (one rotation) not enough to truly discover and enjoy a city. By the time you have set yourself up properly, you would need to move again. The limited time I would have in a city would make me feel as a tourist. I enjoy throwing my life around from time to time, but I also need stability in the tumult, and living for at least four months in Shanghai would give me enough time to set up my own rhythm and routine.

Those that know me would understand how ultra-excited I am for moving to Shanghai. But to make that excitement slightly more concrete (instead of omg omg omg, I’m moving to Shanghai woooh), I came up with a list of 7 reasons why I cannot wait to move to Shanghai:

A simple thing

I found a simple thing
in a crumpled cardboard box.
A plastic bracelet yellow and blue
so ugly and old, but beautiful to me.

I used to play the fiddle with her,
but now I don’t know where she is,
nor what she does for work,
nor who she takes back home.

Maybe I would know
if I sought the house for more of her
and find more of those
memories trapped in objects,

memories trapped in objects.

You’re nothing special

This video went Youtube viral in 2012, and with good reason. It is the 2012 commencement speech of David Jr. McCullough, telling students they are not special. I encourage everyone to watch the video or read the transcription, as it’s brilliant. Thank you to Twenties Collective for showing this to me.

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view.”