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March 2014
Because I love Berlin. And gelato 🙂

Hey there!

(And if you’ve been here before, welcome back!)

My name is Wai Sam Lao, and I am a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa – majoring in Finance, International Business, and English. I will be receiving my Bachelor of Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business in May 2016.  My post-graduation goals would be to acquire a Juris Doctor degree and eventually work in either Europe or Asia, possibly in consulting or international banking.

I created this blog 18 months ago with the intention of documenting my experience studying abroad in Germany. From January to May 2014, I studied at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany. Words cannot express my gratitude for my opportunity to study, live, and learn in one of the greatest economic and industrial powerhouses in the world–which could not be possible without the support of my family, friends, and mentors I have had. I had the most incredible semester in which not only was I able to learn so much about the culture and academic practices in Germany, but also blessed with the chance to travel to 18 other countries.

But little did I know… there would be Exchange #2! This blog is slowly starting to live up to its name! 😉

In September 2015, I will be traveling again, but this time to Shanghai, China! I am so excited to spend another four months in yet another beautiful country. I will continue my studies in business at Fudan University! Fudan has long distinguished itself to be one of China’s most selective and prestigious universities.

I was born in the region where they used to call the Orient. I received most of my education in the so-called New World. As you can imagine, having gone to the Old World, I’m ecstatic to go back further east again to the land of the Orient.

So please stay tuned for updates! I will do my best to post regularly – hopefully internet won’t be too much of an issue; I plan to get a VPN for my stay in China.

For any Instagram users out there, find me @waiintheworld 🙂



I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the generosity of Mr. William R. Johnson for his endowment to support the opportunities of students to study internationally as well as the University of Hawaii Regents and Presidential Scholars travel grant for making my European adventures possible.

For the next installment of my travels to Shanghai and Asia, I am very much indebted to the Oscar and Rosetta Fish Scholarship Fund for allowing so many Shidler students pursue opportunities beyond our expectations. It has been a dream of mine to study somehow  in China and revisit my family in Macau. With the spirit of their generosity, I am able to continue and enhance my education, as well as realize this wish sooner than I ever hoped.

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