We:30 Share & Tell: Sarah Shares Memories of Living in Shanghai

Sarah, our Project Management Intern, is this week's Share & Tell spotlight, and tells us about her childhood experiences of living in Shanghai, China!

In 1997, my family and I moved from Chicago to Shanghai, China. We moved there when I was only about five years old, but it’s crazy to think how much I remember from those two to three years of my life (we moved back to the U.S. in 1999). Looking back, I often think about two things. First, how awesome my parents are that they were able to adventure overseas and start a new life in Shanghai with three young kids (a five-year-old, a two-year-old, and a one-year old). And second, I think about how thankful I am that I was able to experience a totally different culture at such a young age. 

Being immersed in a different culture gave me a wider view of the world and the many people in it. At a young age, I was able to see first-hand the poverty that consumes a lot of the world. I learned about compassion and to help those less fortunate, and I learned to be thankful for what I have. I hope to continue to experience different countries and cultures, but for now, I’m grateful for the ability to look back at the memories I made with my family in Shanghai.

Some of my memories from Shanghai include:
  • Eating donuts while climbing the Great Wall of China.
  • Visiting Thailand-- building sandcastles on the beautiful beaches, riding elephants, and eating banana bread … lots of banana bread.
  • The, err, “adventure” of bicycle, taxi, and subway rides.
  • Going to school and being put in an English-learning class (even though I already knew English). My teachers would pull me aside to teach me words in Mandarin, but I learned mainly from interacting with people.
  • Shopping at the local supermarket and stopping at the bakery for pastries (the egg tarts were a favorite!).
Every Wednesday at 3:30 we gather to celebrate an employee who exemplifies our core values to inspire, share, evolve, exceed and be 100% jerk-free. In our Share & Tell edition, we invite the employee to share their unique story, or simply something that inspires them.

My sister, Katie, and I standing in front of the Forbidden Palace.

My mom, sisters, and I at the Great Wall of China.

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