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|A semester in England
by Kristen Bowen, MC senior, management major
At the airport terminal, I was filled with excitement and anxiety as I waved goodbye to my family and all things familiar for the opportunity to study in England for a semester. I knew it was going to be a change from my life at Manchester College, but I did not realize how different it would actually be.
The courses I took while I was in England taught me how to succeed in an unstructured environment with ambiguous direction. The syllabus handed out on the first day of class was quite different from what I was used to; due dates and acceptable writing topics were the only guidelines available. Professors did not list office hours, and they did not know students’ names. I still made a point to clarify any questions I had by setting up appointments to meet with professors, but ended up with more questions than answers. This forced me to develop a different approach to learning, and upon my return to the U.S., I found this knowledge extremely useful during my summer internship when I was given writing assignments with little direction or specifications.
I lived in a flat with eight other British students who grew up in a culture that was similar to yet still quite different from my own. The first and most apparent difference was the dissimilarity between British and American words and phrases. Another striking difference between our cultures was my flat-mates’ blunt and sarcastic, but endearing, humor. This helped me realize the necessity of learning cultural characteristics before meeting with people of other cultures and how to graciously deal with any misunderstandings caused by cultural gaps. The structure, experiences, requirements, and opportunities that I was exposed to in England have helped me succeed in my courses and internships and will assist me in my future career.
As sad as I was to leave England and its rich history, I was ready to come back to Manchester College where we drive on the right side of the road.
January down under
While more condensed than a semester abroad, trips such as this provide great opportunities for students to get out of their comfort zones and learn about life in different cultures. <back to top>
Accounting and Business Club makeover
The Accounting and Business Club has also developed on-campus field trips each semester to replace the monthly evening meetings, giving students insight into careers in accounting and business. In the fall, the department had a young alumni panel discuss a wide range of issues including job prospects, what to anticipate in interviews, and what employers expect from their new employees. Approximately 180 students attended this event, a testament to how significantly the club has grown in the last two years. Events such as on-campus field trips provide students with great opportunities to network with prospective employers while learning pertinent information about careers in the fields of accounting and business. The evolution of the ABC has helped create many new opportunities for students that supplement their classroom experiences. <back to top>
Stephen De Pue ’71 of Goshen, Ind., is the vice president of financial management at Kolb & Associates, Ltd.
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