Hola from ESADE, Barcelona!

Hola mis amigos! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but it has been a very different semester of me.  Along with Josh, James, and Jen, I am doing my semester abroad at ESADE Business School in lovely Barcelona, Spain.  Don’t fear, we are taking breaks between sightseeing, tapas bars, the beach, and weekend trips in order to enjoy being students overseas.

Jen And James On Train

From the start, I knew this semester would be quite different than McCombs.  First, I have an hour commute to school in which I walk 1/2 mile to the city center, take the 30 minute train to Sant Cugat, then walk another mile to campus. I have to admit it’s weird not to take a car to school, but I love the transportation here.  Plus there is usually good company on the train.

My classes are pretty different as well.  My first class – In Search of a Life Philosophy – merges business issues with art, literature, and deep class discussion.  While not a typical business course, I think this is one of the most important classes of my MBA career.  Josh, Jen, James, and I are all taking it, and therefore representing Texas to be a very philosophical school! My second class – Branding – is a much more typical business class.  So far we have had speakers from Desigual, Moritz Beer, Lenovo, Chupa Chups, and we are able to get a more global perspective on marketing.  My third class – Geopolitics – is helping me learn how different countries and organizations interact, and is the perfect class to take with a ton of international students. My fourth class is an Independent Study, and my deliverable is an overview and analysis of Spain’s current economy.  I have been impressed with both the quality/prestige of the professors and the caliber of students.  Many of my classmates at ESADE are also on exchange, but there is still a very global feel to the student body.

In our free time, we have been making new friends and enjoying all that this amazing city has to offer.  Below is a picture taken outside Quimet y Quimet, which is arguably the city’s best tapas bar.  Our friends from Australia and Belgium joined us.


And here is Josh, James, James’ wife Kristin, and me at the Monastery of Pedralbes. We are doing our best to mix culture and fun!

In all seriousness, I can’t say enough great things about this experience. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to live in a different part of the world and further develop a global perspective. With over thirty Longhorns abroad this semester, McCombs is definitely delivering a global experience to its students. It’s great to be a part of it!

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