July, 2014

Looking Back

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Written by Davis Brown, Foster undergraduate

When I first arrived at university in Germany I didn’t really know what to expect. I had attempted to prepare for study abroad as much as I could, but there comes a point when you just have to let go and learn things as the experiences happen. This leads into the biggest lesson I learned while on a Foster Exchange; prepare for the unexpected. Throughout studying abroad I ran into my fair share of unexpected situations, both the good and the bad. Things don’t always work out as planned and that is where flexibility and preparation come into play. When things don’t work out, you must be able to go with the flow or resort to “plan B.” At first, the culture shock makes it difficult to figure out what to do next, but as you begin to adapt to a different way of life things slowly come together. By the end of my study abroad experience I was able to find solutions to these unexpected situations and sometimes those solutions were better than the original plan in the first place. All it takes is looking on the bright side of life.

As I look back on my study abroad experience I’m just amazed at how lucky I was to have met such amazing people and learned so many things along the way. I cannot wait for my next chance to visit a new country, learn from their culture, and widen my horizons.  Lastly, going on the exchange was probably one of the best decisions I have made as an undergraduate and I can’t imagine my junior without this amazing experience.

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International Collaboration

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Written by Davis Brown, Foster undergraduate

One thing I was looking forward to at WHU in Germany was having the opportunity to work alongside German students through group projects in university classes. I have always enjoyed group projects as they give students the chance to work through problems, analyze situations, and provide solutions to the question at hand. Additionally, group projects give you the chance to meet new people and learn from their prospective and experience. Every person brings something new to the table and it’s great to learn from my business peers and tie the groups’ strengths together.

Bringing things back to study abroad, group projects were both great and challenging because I got to tackle complex global issues and really learn from the experiences of my international peers. The international aspect is something that really made things interesting and kept me engaged throughout. At the Foster school I’ve been exposed to international business topics in the past few years, but it is completely different interacting and discussing topics with students who have grown up with a completely different perspective than myself. I really took advantage of their knowledge and learned something new everyday while still solving the task of our group case. I look forward to the chance of having more international exposure and learning more about global business.

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