We are officially 2nd years! When did that happen?
The end of the semester was a whirlwind with finals, papers and an awesome scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt was definitely a highlight of the spring semester as we got to explore Austin in ways that I would have never imagined. Although my team didn’t win, we got lots of compliments in regards to our costumes (Disney princess theme) and had a blast hanging out with each other before we scattered for the summer.
I boarded a plane the day after the scavenger hunt to begin a month-long trip planned around the Global Connections class to Ghana. I traveled for 28 days (including the 9 in Ghana) and visited Istanbul and Greece before class and Paris afterwards. My travel plans crossed paths with many other globetrotting classmates which made for even more fun. Highlights include beautiful mosques, stunning sunsets, Shauna’s birthday in Mykonos, chocolate croissants, Disneyland Paris and macarons – don’t call them cookies!
The trip to Ghana was a highlight of my first year. We had a similar itinerary to Cindy’s trip – as we went to Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast. Learning about history, business and culture while fully immersed in the country was amazing.
We got to experience first-hand the delicious flavors, warm people and cultural pride. On the cultural side we visited Cape Coast’s slave fortress, rainforests and museums. On the business side we visited the full range – from local palm oil production facilities and casket makers to the West African AIDS Foundation, Unilever factories and the Bank of Ghana. One of the highlights of the class was a visit to Trashy Bags. We had been working on various projects throughout the semester for the non-profit and it was great to meet the people and see the production of the bags. Many of us couldn’t help but purchase several new bags! I had a phenomenal time bonding with my classmates and fabulous EMBA (Texas Executive MBA) students.
Going Back to Work
Starting my summer internship after a year as a student and two days after getting back to the States was quite rough! I’m interning in the People Resources Department, formerly known as Human Resources, at Adobe in San Jose in my home state of California. I’ll be working on an analytics and reporting project and already have jumped right into it! I’ve been getting to know the team and learning about the organization. There are several other MBA interns in my department and I’m excited to hang out with them and old friends in the area the rest of summer!