Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to celebrate graduation from grad school with a trip to Toronto. At the time the trip was just another vacation. Little did I know it would have such a tremendous impact on my life…
Traveling to another country is always scary. Try doing it without a cellphone with a group of individuals you’ve only had class with. I was a little uneasy to say the least. “You only start living once you’re outside your comfort zone”. I don’t think this quote could be more true. I was forced to navigate through a country I didn’t know with people I didn’t know. I quickly learned what an amazing experience life can be when you put down the cell phone and interact with people you wouldn’t normally engage in conversation with. I learned so much about the country from the locals and was able to build friendships with people I would not have been friends with.
Why is this important to you? We live in a society which ignores the basic enjoyments of life. We are overwhelmed by materialistic goods which don’t provide life value. We are programmed to think you can’t impact the world unless we are impacting millions of individuals. But I’m here to tell you that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The University of Nevada, Reno is providing students an opportunity to explore global business while earning college credits all while networking.
The leaders in the College of Business have created an educational experience which is changing the lives of their students. The program provides students with an insight about Canada’s culture, history, and fundamentals for international business operations. The class is structured to have pre-course work followed by a week in Toronto. The instructors, Dean Greg Mosier and Jim McClenehan arrange business tours with top executives. Students gain valuable insight from the nontraditional educational experience. During our time in Toronto, we met with top executives from organizations such as Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Transit Commission, and Woodbine Entertainment. During the day, we toured the city and met with businesses. During the evening, students took the opportunity to debrief about the learning experience all while networking with fellow students.
If there is one thing I would recommend to fellow students at the University of Nevada, Reno; it would be the Extended Studies Global Business program. I regret not taking advantage of this program sooner. This program teaches students more than you’ll ever learn in a book, while providing you the opportunity to network with colleagues and executives. Don’t let this life changing opportunity pass you by! I’m glad I didn’t.