The apparel merchandising and product development study tour in China included visits to international apparel-focused universities and companies. I learned about the inner-workings of these companies, as well as the career opportunities available to me. This program also exposed us to cultural immersion, including visiting the Great Wall of China. My experience showed how what I learn in my classes is applied on the job, especially on an international level...I saw all of the quality testing processes I learned in class first-hand when I visited the centers in China.
Participating in an international program was the greatest experience of my life. If you have the opportunity to participate in one, then do it, because it will have such a positive effect on you and your future.
I believe my experience has made me a better person. I learned to appreciate my home country. I also have a better understanding and great amount of respect for foreigners who visit America without speaking English. Finally, I feel comfortable with safely venturing out of my comfort zone to visit unfamiliar places or try unfamiliar things.