Mark K (Blog 6): I came, I saw, and I survived Spain

I am not very self-aware: Understanding oneself in a different context. Personally, I know that I am a stubborn and impatient person. So, when I arrived in Spain a night before the rest of the class and ended up having a two hour dinner by myself with a waitress I could not communicate with, one … Continue reading Mark K (Blog 6): I came, I saw, and I survived Spain

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Mark K (Blog 5): Start-Up Culture – Risk Averse Spain versus Bold America

  Certain versus uncertain. Risk versus risk averse. Personally, I truly did not know the great differences between these opposites and how these differing characteristics of cultures can impact businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit of a nation until I went to Spain. In Madrid and Barcelona, I noticed a theme develop in each of the … Continue reading Mark K (Blog 5): Start-Up Culture – Risk Averse Spain versus Bold America

Xinyuan Zhang (blog #6) – Put on a different cultural lens while you are in different cultures

In today's global world, we are challenged to think about different countries and different business contexts throughout our interactions in the workplace. How do we develop a truly global mindset? We not only need to be open to individual differences but also recognize subtle differences in communication patterns from one culture to another. Erin Meyer's idea … Continue reading Xinyuan Zhang (blog #6) – Put on a different cultural lens while you are in different cultures

Traveling alone in Spain: How to do it and the things I might not have seen otherwise – Noah Oviedo-Bormett (Blog 5)

A view of Barcelona while traveling alone (personal photo) Traveling in a group can be fun but sometimes you just need to do your own thing. While it might be intimidating, I encourage all future students to go out on their own at least once during their time in Spain. There are plenty of benefits … Continue reading Traveling alone in Spain: How to do it and the things I might not have seen otherwise – Noah Oviedo-Bormett (Blog 5)

Ecuador and Spain: An expanded worldview and deeper sense of empathy – Noah Oviedo-Bormett (Blog 6)

A man carrying both Spanish and Ecuadorian flags Based on my title, you’re probably wondering why would mention Ecuador in a blog about our trip to Spain. While the trip to Spain was an eye-opening experience in and of itself, my prior travels in Ecuador drastically changed the trip’s effect on my global intelligence. My … Continue reading Ecuador and Spain: An expanded worldview and deeper sense of empathy – Noah Oviedo-Bormett (Blog 6)

Spain is both an academic and a social learning experience

Reading and learning about Spain’s culture is completely different than going to Spain and experiencing first hand. This trip was an amazing experience that changed my perspective about Spain. Going into it I thought that Spain would be similar to the United States with only a few differences. Communicating with someone who doesn’t speak the … Continue reading Spain is both an academic and a social learning experience