Top 10 Reasons to Go on the Freshman Global Lab

Hello! My name is Ellie and I’m a second year Finance major. This past May I went on the Freshman Global Lab to Cologne, Germany; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; and London, England. I am a big fan of lists, so below is my list for my top 10 reasons to go on the Freshman Global Lab.

  1. One of my favorite things about the Freshman Global Lab was that it combined a required business class with real-life examples. Reading in a textbook can help you understand a concept, but nothing compares to experiencing it in person. The trip was a great way to sum up our class, Intro to International Business, which business majors will need to take anyway to graduate!
  1. The Freshman Global Lab is a great way to get experience studying and traveling abroad. If you want to go abroad sometime during college, but you aren’t sure if you want to go a full semester, this is a great way to see what it’s like.
Photo by Kozue Isozaki
View of Central London
  1. One major part of our trip was the business visits. It was very interesting to me to see businesses in my area of specialization. Since I am a finance major, one of my favorite memories of the trip was being able to observe one of the trading floors at a major investment bank in London. It helped me realize that finance is the right specialization for me!
  1. Another bonus of the trip is that you can also see businesses in other areas. I had previously thought that I wasn’t interested in manufacturing, but after touring several businesses in Cologne, Germany, I found that a lot of the things they were doing were actually very interesting. It surprised me how much common ground there actually is, even between companies that seem to produce completely different products and services.
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Igus factory
  1. Meet new people and make new friends! Sometimes it’s hard to meet other business majors as a freshman since many of the freshman classes are general education classes. It was nice to be able to meet people in class, and then become better friends with them over the course of the trip.
Photo by Ellie Schriner
Sunset in Cologne, Germany
  1. Business visits aren’t the only component of this trip; you will also have the chance to go sightseeing!
  1. In addition to going to major landmarks and buildings, we also had the opportunity to go to museums and experience the history of the countries we visited. Some of my favorites were the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels, as well as El De Haus, which is a former Gestapo prison in Germany.
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Freshman Global Lab 2014 at the British Museum
  1. Before I traveled to Europe, I assumed that their culture would be mostly the same as that of the United States. While there are quite a few similarities, it was interesting to experience new cultures and look at the ways that they do or see things differently from people in the US.
  1. The food. I had some of the best food on this trip. We were able to try authentic German food, true Belgian waffles, fish and chips, and many other local specials. We also got to try some of the European chain brands like Nando’s and Wagamama (both of which were very good!).
  1. It may sound cliché, but my final reason to go on the Freshman Global Lab is simple. It’s fun! I loved being able to explore new cities, meet new people, and see international business. I would highly recommend the Freshman Global Lab to all Fisher Direct freshmen, no matter what your specialization is. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I hope others can enjoy it as much as I did!
Photo by Kozue Isozaki
Group after visits to SolarWorld and Johan Maria Farina