Where did you study abroad in college?
All too often, we–including yours truly–treat it like an extended vacation, a grand tour of some far-flung corner of the world. Not so with the 27 undergrad students in this year’s Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps, who spent their summers helping to empower local communities across Nicaragua, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic. I was assigned to cover last night’s Forum, an opportunity for all the students to gather with donors, faculty, and their families & friends to showcase their international experiences.
It was a great example of the unique, community-focused culture we have here at the University of Maryland, and the Smith School of Business in particular. It was appropriate that the Business School here shares the building with the School of Public Policy. Because, like any one country relative to the rest of planet Earth; despite all the emphasis on competition and the bottom line in business–at the end of the day–it’s all still a small part of the big picture.