The best thing about the international experience is the people you get to meet, who challenge you to grow in areas which you never thought possible. One of those areas for me was the true understanding of many of Europe and other countries financial segments and the understanding of how to effectively grow industry in poverty struck regions. During a trip to Frankfurt, I was able to achieve a greater understanding of many of the policies which are practiced around the world. As you can see from the photo almost every person present was from a different Nation, spanning from the Far East to America, all with different local views on what would be best to stimulate the economy. Many of these ideas where new and helpful to my economic thesis, as it showed how to stimulate the economy in local ways, rather than the American way. One of the best was from India, showing that in villages, many people would rather help each other by creating community based programs with little or no help from the government. Much has been said about government over the past few weeks, but the fear of government is almost universal throughout the world. Many of the projects which have found success were based on the idea of sustainability by larger corporations, looking to help others out through work. I will detail these programs in the next weeks, but I would like to leave you with a small message. Please go out and be of service, even if it seems like a small act, go have tea with the elderly, shovel their walks, or simply do something nice for someone. The world has gotten very dark and people need to see the light in humanity.



Back after the Break

So, my apologizes on taking an break from posting. The schedule here has been strenuous to say the least after our winter break. Currently, we are working in Multinational teams, simulating running a business throughout regions throughout the world. Our current team has two members from the United States, one from India, two from Germany, and one from Portugal. All of us bring specific talents to the table, including the understanding of the foreign markets. One of the most difficult challenges is getting others to work outside of the given time frame. Europeans do love their home time, and most labor laws and expectations are built around this. You will very rarely see a European working on the train home, or heading to the office at a time on the weekend, unless they are paid to do so. Holidays are taken seriously, almost nothing is open on Sundays and Holidays. This change is very different than the mindset that was instilled as MBA candidates and workers in America. The many different viewpoints do add a degree of depth to all projects and allow for a better understanding of the Global