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Shelley Lowe

Shelley Lowe

A Hawkeye in Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) accounting exchange program is a new study abroad opportunity beginning the 2012-2013 academic year. This semester-long program provides University of Iowa accounting students the ability to integrate a unique international experience with their academic program.

The first to journey to Hong Kong as part of the new exchange program is senior accounting student Shelley Lowe of Chesterfield, Missouri.

Shelley created a blog entitled, “A Hawkeye in Hong Kong,” to document her overseas experience.

Listed here are just some of Shelley’s blog comments:

September 4, 2012: “I don't speak the language, I don't know anyone, and up until recently I couldn't exactly find Hong Kong on a map. However, I booked my flight, and just kept telling myself, ‘It'll be an adventure; being nervous is all a part of the experience.’” 

September 8, 2012 entry: “My roommate's from Austria and my next door neighbors are from Taiwan and mainland China. I've certainly had to brush up on my geography.

“Even though I don't speak a lick of Cantonese, with the help of a calculator, even I can bargain with the locals.”

September 9, 2012: “To get to class I take an elevator down 10 stories, then a different elevator up four stories. Walk a bit; up six flights of stairs to central campus. Walk a bit. Walk up eight flights of stairs to the humanities building, and lastly down a flight of stairs to the first floor where my classroom is. Math tells me I've only gained 6 stories worth of elevation, but my burning thighs tell math to stuff it.”

See more of Shelley’s Hong Kong experience at