CONVO: The RAs led our first "convo," an abbreviated term for "convocation" which is a weekly assembly for our program. They did a very professional job preparing slides and making announcements for the program. Other student workers (like the food managers, office assistant, communications manager, etc.) were all selected this week as well. Students applied for the positions and interviewed for them. We have an excellent team of student leaders here.
During the first convo, a local counselor also came to introduce herself and to encourage students to be mindful of their mental health while abroad and invited them to make appointments with her when she visits twice a week at the Jia. Appointments are confidential and covered with our program costs. This is a wonderful service for our students.
CLASSES: It happened! We started classes. The staff has done an amazing job introducing us to Shanghai and laying down a sold foundation for us to thrive in the program. And now it is time for the professors to teach and the students to study. The students and I all seem to crave the routine that the class schedule will bring and are looking forward to the classes.