Category: GAP Program

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Last weekend, we went to Zanzibar, and where we snorkeled, played beach volleyball, learned some Kiswahili, among other things. It was relaxing and a nice break from our work. We also visited the historic Stone Town and drove around the city soaking in all the beauty.
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Who would have thought that we would get a chance to relish the incomparable scenic beauty of Loch Ness, a large deep freshwater lake in the Scottish Highlands? Of course, we found Nessie- the Loch Ness Monster:) and a popular figure in folklore. No matter how high a resolution camera you use to take photos of this unique landscape, the photos cannot justify the views that a human eye can see.
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As we’ve all come to know, group work inherently comes with peaks and valleys, high fives, handshakes and deep-seeded displeasure. Fisher makes a huge push for group work in the first-year curriculum. Whether it is the first-year core teams or this GAP project, group projects are part of every single class Fisher class. Fisher has adopted the "early and often" approach. We all learned about group dynamics throughout the year, formally and informally. Interestingly enough, we didn’t actually learn about it until second term, second semester in Dr.
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From a business perspective, there are a few things that I learned about the culture of China that I would not have immediately expected, as well as some things that really made the China portion of our project much easier.  To begin, similar to most everywhere else in the world, much of the business that is conducted is extremely relational.  This means that it would take multiple sit-downs with potential distributors and partners to really work out whether a deal could be done for the long-term.  Why?
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Our Sunday started with the chirp of wild birds and some frogs still croaking. It was a beautiful morning in our tiny hut in the middle of the jungle, and we were ready for a full-day game drive. After a long seven-hour drive, we reached our weekend safari trip destination to see the big five (aka the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo)! Below is a photo of us on a break from our car drive.