By Alice Lu
So a couple things about me: I grew up in a pretty bilingual home struggling with how to adapt to two different cultures. Growing up, I had always encountered the word globalization. So naturally I knew it was important to learn about the impacts of globalization on the world. When I came to college, I knew I wanted to follow in my sister’s footsteps and study abroad to as many countries as possible. My major, International Business, plays well into studying abroad because I get to learn more first hand if I were to visit international companies compared to learning in a classroom.
Two months before the program, I was extremely scared and nervous. One month before the program I felt a bit more confident and excited that I would be on my own for the first time. I was nervous about being in a new environment with no one familiar to rely on for tips and tricks on everything Sydney. I was scared that I didn’t know anyone going on this trip with me so I felt out of my comfort zone. Preparing to come to Sydney, I realized I don’t deal well when I lose control of my situation.
However, I am super excited that I get the chance to experience living on my own in a foreign country for the first time. The fact that I have to rely on myself for navigation and figuring out where to go gives me chills! I’m excited to come in contact with Sydney’s locals and learn about their daily habits. I’m excited to discover all the beautiful spots and historic areas of must visits as well as to declare my favorite restaurant or favorite running trail there.
My goals for this trip are to leave Sydney with no regrets and to not be reserved about anything. I want to see as much of Sydney and Australia as possible without the hesitation. I also hope to make a lot of new connections, and friends from this trip. After 10 weeks here, I hope to gain a better understanding of global marketing and how an international business integrates itself within the global economy. I hope to realize things I like and things I don’t like when working for a company. I also hope this summer will give me a clear idea of what it is I do or do not want to do for my future career.
I chose this program because I know Sydney has major international company branches as well as a familiar culture. I feel comfortable and excited as a result. I also love traveling and since Sydney is a place I have never been to, this is a perfect opportunity.