WELCOME CLASS OF 2019
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson
Contributed by Alissa Rabat and Colleen Betik
Greetings from the third M.S. in Global Commerce class as we start our global business adventure at our first destination, the University of Virginia.
Our cohort consists of classmates from 13 different nationalities, who will be spending the next four months living together, attending the same classes, learning from each other about our various cultures, and sharing experiences. Our journey through this program will include a year-long business thesis, which we will begin working on at UVA and defend at our final destination, ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. In between these two destinations, we will live and study at Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-sen University in southern China, where we will learn about doing business in one of the world’s most critical emerging economies.
Our first few weeks together have flown by and included some memorable events. During orientation, we took a day trip to Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson, where we learned about the life and legacy of this amazing man who, among many other things, was the third President of the United States, author of the Declaration of Independence, and founder of the University of Virginia. Surrounded by beautiful scenery and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the MSGC class enjoyed a sunny, warm day in each other’s company.
At the end the first week, our group decided to hold a potluck dinner to commemorate the birthday of two of our new friends. The dinner also allowed students to share food from their home countries and to get to know each other better outside of class.
Students at Monticello
Even our classes have been memorable. In one of the first case studies we analyzed on Concha y Toro Wine, we were rewarded for our efforts with a wine tasting. We have already completed the first drafts of our thesis introduction. And, we learned to present using the “Pecha Kucha”, a concise style of presentation that originated in Tokyo and is now used around the world.
“Pecha Kucha” Leadership Lens
As the semester goes by, you can expect many exciting adventures from us. Make sure to keep checking for updates on the blog and catch us in our other social media accounts.
So once more, we, the third class of the Global Commerce Program, want to say HELLO we can’t wait to share our adventures with you!