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The Countdown Begins!

by Anhthu Huynh Friday, January 22, 2016
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Ten days left

My name is Anhthu Huynh and I am from Apple Valley Minnesota. I’m a junior at the Wisconsin School of Business, double majoring in Marketing, as well as Management and Human Resources. In less than ten days I will be on my way to study in Barcelona.

Growing up as an Asian American teenager, I have lost touch with my ethnicity and the culture that my parents have worked so hard to hold onto. This is one of the many reasons why I have chosen to study abroad and connect myself to the world. Initially, my interest to study abroad was centered around Southeast Asian countries, but I soon realized I wanted to experience a new environment, one to which I am not accustomed. This lead me to choosing Europe and particularly Spain. Barcelona is a well-known metropolitan city with growth in the fields of art, music, literature, and business. Factors that led me to selecting my program are improving my Spanish language skills, pursuing my business degree at a reputable business university offering challenging coursework while also experiencing a variety of cultural excursions and activities that will provide me insight into international business.

Studying abroad is important for business students because the world of business is ever changing and integrating rapidly. We need the opportunity to study other countries and their cultures for three reasons: to broaden our perspective, to push our boundaries, and to impress recruiters. First of all, understanding business principles and customs in the United States remains important to a successful career, as the world’s interconnectedness becomes more apparent. Studying abroad gives students the chance to experience and become familiar with different economic and political systems other than that of the United States. Secondly, studying abroad requires stepping beyond one’s comfort zone.  Living in a new environment, speaking a different language, and learning new local customs. These are all experiences that challenge students to adapt to unfamiliar environments while developing new skills. Finally, in addition to our accomplishments in school, recruiters want to see indications that we have practical knowledge and experience outside the classroom. Studying abroad shows independence, motivation, and ambition – all traits highly sought after in new employees.

My overall purpose for studying abroad is to immerse myself in another culture, one I am not familiar with pushing me beyond my comfort zone, and compelling me to learn. 

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson