Since I have already discussed the volunteer and basketball aspects of my experience so far, I think it’s appropriate to shed light on my experiences at the Cork Institute of Technology. I am currently working towards a Master of Science in International Business at CIT, working alongside 12 other students from all over the world. Our class’s international composition has been extremely beneficial when comparing different markets around the world across various subjects. It is fascinating to learn about consumer trends in other parts of the world, as American’s tend to have a narrow perspective on ordeals outside our country. Coming from a liberal arts background, it is also great to explore concrete business concepts that I did not have the opportunity to do in undergrad. While Hamilton provided me with invaluable critical thinking and interpersonal skills, I never received a formal business education. I am excited to apply what I learned at Hamilton to the new principles I study at CIT.
For some fun team building, our international business class was sent to an activity center known as Oysterhaven, which is located on the south coast of Ireland. It was great to get outside and work with one another in a non-classroom setting. The morning was filled with various exercises focused on building morale amongst our peers. In the afternoon, we grabbed some wetsuits and kayaked throughout the bay, which was extremely cold despite the sun shining. Our class became a tight-knit group by the end of the day and we hope to carry that same energy into our upcoming academic presentations!