International Group: The International Business Student Association

The International Business Student Association has been a great asset to me throughout my time as an IB major. The group is organized by the International Business advisor, so she is very knowledgable about the program and the challenges that IB students face. The International Business Student Association allows IB majors to stay in close communication throughout the semester. We are able to keep in touch and receive updates on our peers who study abroad (it is a requirement of the IB major) and we are also presented with different and exciting international opportunities through the association.

Spring Goals and Potential Challenges

Going abroad will be so much fun — when everything is smooth sailing. However, especially initially, I worry about feeling alone. I think that this program will minimize this fear for two reasons: you are with a small group of people exclusively from the University and the duration of the program is not too extensive. If accepted, this program will be my third study abroad experience while at the University. Also, there are several people from OU attending this study abroad program. This will give me more comfort when I travel abroad for a semester. Preparing for a lifetime of traveling is one of the goals that I’ve set for my study abroad experience this summer.

The world is filled with “gazillions” of different perspectives, and recently my eyes have been opened to many that I had not considered before. After recently speaking with International students and students that have previously studied abroad, I realized that I had a somewhat narrow-minded approach to what I would gain through study abroad. Of course, I had always considered the fact that I would encounter cultural confusion, different perspectives, etc. However, listening the experiences of others really opened my eyes to the reality of all the perspectives in our world. One of my goals for my study abroad experience is to challenge myself to embrace various other perspectives and imagine the implications of my actions to the lives of others. I believe that travel can be truly influential to your actions, if you let it be. It is an important goal of mine that I thoroughly think though the implications of my actions and embrace other perspectives while abroad.

Preparing for Seville, Spain

I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to study abroad in Seville, Spain for the upcoming semester. I would like to share a little bit more about why I chose to pursue this specific program in Seville.

I have applied for this study abroad program mainly because of its location and relevancy to my major. I have always wanted to travel to Spain for my semester abroad, mostly because of my previous travels throughout Europe and Spain. I am also very interested in the Spanish language and have just completed my minor in it. I have previously traveled to Puebla, Mexico with OU, so I am excited by the opportunity to travel to Spain as well. It will be interesting to compare the two cultures, although they are both Spanish-speaking. The CEA program which I have applied to will allow me to continue my business studies. This program will provide classes that will contribute to my major. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to study abroad while completing classes that will help me graduate on time. This is not an opportunity that is available to everyone.

This program will give me the opportunity to experience a new culture with professors and faculty who are experts on the location and protocols. This is unique to the University atmosphere, and accomplishes a part of a goal that I have been working towards (and will continue to work towards): to visit all seven continents. For my entire high school career, I have been dreaming about and attempting to accomplish this goal. I also love the fact that participants in the program get to travel to several places in the region. Spain is such a beautifully unique location, and I am hoping to be able to experience it first hand.