Freshman Year Global Adventures
Freshman year is full of so many great adventures. So when you are presented with the the opportunity to travel during your first year, there is no better icing on the cake. Which is why, one of my favorite experiences from freshman year was participating in the Global Leadership Program (GLP) and our trip to China!
During the fall semester and the beginning of the spring semester, my peers and I got the opportunity to learn how to conduct ourselves as leaders in the ever globalizing world of today. BUAD 101/102, taught us how to network and develop meaningful relationships for the future. The latter included going to rope courses, listening to speakers such as Adali Wertman, former President and CEO of Chrysalis, and perfecting the difference between business casual and business professional wear. To cap off all of the information that we learned during the year, our class traveled together to implement what we had learned, to China.
China is one of those extraordinary places where you are exposed to a new culture, language and overall environment. It’s one of the top places for business growth and opportunity expansion… China, is a once in a lifetime experience.
Shanghai, was our first stop and then we went on to Beijing. Getting a chance to see both the very modern aspects of the country and the traditional as well. While on the trip, we went to business meetings in the morning, getting the chance to sit with top professionals from Mondelez, Hyundai, and Shindler. During these visits we got the chance to see first hand how different businesses can be run depending on the business culture. The latter was nice to see because business nowadays is becoming evermore global and its always important to respect others cultures especially when conducting business. No one wants to miss out on a good deal.
During the rest of the day, we were pretty much free to do whatever we wanted. Which included exploring the bund at night, finding great places to eat, and of course buying stuff for the family from the knockoff market. While on the trip we as a class went to the Great Wall, Olympic Village, and to a traditional Peking duck dinner. The trip was full of really amazing memories and growth experiences and an opportunity that I wouldn’t pass up for anything.