Monday, November 1, 2010

Long Time, No See

So, I know I've been neglecting this blog, but let's be honest, my life has become not my own. After completing my internship, I've had two major events: the Oxford short course and my study abroad at European Business School in Germany. I'll try to give a bit of a recap of the last couple of months. And I'll make it short and sweet.

The Oxford short course was one of the most fantastic experiences of my life. It gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of Pepperdine students that didn't study at the Malibu campus and I certainly made friends for life. Oxford is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been to, and this history is astounding. I've actually returned there once since the course ended in mid-August. In addition, the lecturers were fantastic and the facilities were very nice. The title of the course is "Global Enterprise Management," so most of the lectures had to do with global issues and emerging markets. Seeing as this is what I want to do with my life, I found the lectures to be extremely engaging. In addition, we had the opportunity to go to London and do other tourist-y things. The trip really helped me realize how much I wanted to live and work in Europe. In addition, the more time I spent in England, the more I've thought about pursuing a PhD. I would love the opportunity to study and conduct research in England, so it is something that I have been giving a lot of thought to recently. Overall, the Oxford short course was fantastic. Dr. Park was a great professor and I can't stress how much fun I had.

Directly after the Oxford course, I flew to Germany to begin my orientations at European Business School. My time here has gone by so quickly, and I have been working non-stop. It's been insane. I try to travel as much as I can on the weekends, but I find the course load to be quite challenging and there is a lot of it. I am taking some great courses in marketing (including automotive brand management) and have figured out what my dream job is: brand manager at BMW in Munich. In order to achieve this, I have to learn German fluently, which will be something I work on over the next couple of years. Oestrich-Winkel is gorgeous, right in the middle of the Rheingau, where all of the Riesling grapes are grown. I've had some of the best experiences of my life here and am really sad that I have to leave in the next two months. I would highly recommend the school to anyone who is interested in a challenging program. In addition, EBS is highly connected and offers a lot of opportunities. For example, I got to work on an international team for an innovation workshop hosted by Porsche. We were asked to identify key trends over the next 15 years and provide a future concept for the 911. It was a great opportunity and I had never got to accomplish something like it.

Needless to say, the last few months have been jam-packed with experiences. I'd be happy to answer any questions or have conversations with anyone who is interested in knowing more about EBS or the Oxford program. Unfortunately, I have to get back to work as I have a case assignment and a presentation this week! I'm sorry for my neglect. I won't be so long next time.

1 comment:

  1. I can only second what Lauren has said about the EBS! I will be here for a double degree through the summer of 2011. In case someone wants to contact me as well, feel free to