Only two weeks until you begin your semester abroad in Milan! You have been looking forward to this experience since First Year and it’s finally almost here. Though you will surely miss your friends, family, and UVA, be sure to take in as much as possible during this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Before you depart for the great city of London, I just want to take a look forward into the next couple of months, where hopefully you will grow in both expected and unexpected ways. I’ve never been to London, but I know it’s a passionate city full of diverse cultures and a long, prolific history. And while you at least are fluent in English, I know I have no idea what to expect really from the many different aspects of British culture. However, knowing very little, I don’t really have any preconceived notions about the country except that they dress really well, so I’ll have to step up accordingly! One big thing I’m excited about is the passion behind soccer, or football as they say over there, as I grew up playing the sport throughout high school. Other than that, I have three big goals for Spring Semester 2018:
You are certainly excited to set off on your journey to Barcelona, Spain. You’ve travelled to Europe before, but only to two cities, have worked with villagers in Central America, but with a close friend at your side, and have dove the trenches of Grand Cayman and surfed the shorelines of Nicaragua, but for only a brief while. The privilege of travel has taken you to many locations in such a short amount of time, but not to a place so foreign to or for a duration of time so unexperienced by yourself.
You’re about to head over to Madrid and spend an entire semester far away from everything. Before I leave, I want to write down somethings to remember while abroad.
Keep your goals in mind
This past semester was very hectic, and being abroad will finally give you some time to get some things done that got pushed off to the side. First, learn more Spanish! You’ve studied for years, and this is the perfect time to get back in touch. Second, cook more often. There are so many different types of food to try while abroad and with your spare time, it is perfect to learn how to prepare some of these foods! Finally, I want to meet friends from all over the world. IE is known for how diverse their exchange program is.
Dear Future Self:
My top three goals for my semester abroad are to experience new cultures, to learn about international business and how it differs from American business, and to make friends with students at McIntire who I haven’t interacted with yet, as well as students from other universities.
I hope to learn about Denmark’s role in global business. I have read that Copenhagen is an important destination for real estate investment in Europe, mostly because of its attractive location. I have some interest in real estate but would love to learn more about it. I would also be interested in learning about how Brexit continues to affect business in Europe.
It has been day 5 in Madrid and I did not have class today! I told myself I would wake up early but I ended up waking up at 2PM, I guess my sleeping schedule is not quite there yet. I went to go get my metro card and as a student I only have to pay 20 euros and I can use the metro and buses however many times I want, which is pretty useful. My school is only a 5 minute walk from my apartment, but it will come in handy when I explore the rest of Madrid. So, today was my first day using the metro so that was quite interesting. I met Nico outside of the metro, but he does not have any internet service so it was pretty challenging trying to find him at the metro station. It’s crazy how useless we seem without any technology but after several minutes we were able to find one another. We also went to go eat at this burger shop which was quite tasty and this weekend I am hoping to go to Toledo, Spain!
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Chicago: Days before I leave
Well, I leave tomorrow. I have slowly started packing. And by packing I mean accumulating various clean or dirty clothes and assorted knickknacks in a central location near my suitcases. The rest of the day will consist of laundry, folding, organizing and making the crucial cuts of what I won’t actually need.
While the feeling of leaving to a foreign country for 4 months hasn’t really hit me yet, I am definitely ready to go. Most of my friends from home have already left for school or are at their various study abroad locations around the globe. It is talking to them in Barcelona, Madrid, London Ect.. that has made me really excited to leave the states.
In a few days I will leave for Rotterdam, Netherlands. I’m not really sure what to expect yet, but I am both nervous and excited. I know it will be an adventure, and I want to see as much of Europe as I can, but I don’t know the customs and culture there and I am worried it will be hard to assimilate. I am writing to let you know what I am thinking before leaving on my trip, and how I expect this trip to influence me.
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Traveling to a foreign country to study abroad is an excellent opportunity for you to further your business learning. Although you have studied abroad before in London, this will be a completely different cultural experience and incorporate the challenges of a different language, as well. The Netherlands is an international country and RSM an international school, which will make the opportunities for intercultural understanding that much deeper.