Daisy Cortez

Daisy is an Ambassador who studied abroad in China

Major: Global Business Leadership

Minor: Communication

Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?

I chose to study abroad because I love to travel and learning about different cultures. I chose China because to me it was a great mystery. I wanted a program that would challenge me but yet provide me with an enriching experience and I found that in the China program. I wanted something different than where I came from or what I know.

Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.

We had a week off called Golden Week and which the country celebrates a holiday and travels within China. So a group of 8 of us travelled to the Hunan Province for that week. We got to see smaller cities and interact more with the local people. We also got to see Zhangjiajie National Forest which inspired the floating rocks in the movie Avatar and got to walk on glass at Tianmen mountain. In Hunan, we were able to try different types of noodles that were different from the Sichuan Province. The people that we met, the small cities we explored, and the culture in itself was amazing 

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

Coming from a Hispanic background, it was a great shock to my family that I chose to go to China when everyone wants to go to Europe. However, to me it was one of the greatest decisions because I get to talk about a country I never would have guessed I'd go myself. I take pride in this program because I feel like I've changed into a better person through the challenges that I faced, the food I tried, and the places I went to.

Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?

Spending a semester abroad gives you cultural experience outside of the classroom and opens your eyes to the rest of the world and its cultures. My study abroad experienced contributed to my personal development because I learned more about myself and what I am capable of accomplishing. The language was the hardest for me but I tried to learn words that would help me get around. I also grew academically and professionally through the classes I took there. In the class ,Doing Business in Asia, we were able to tour an automobile company and see how their cars were manufactured. My knowledge in the classroom not only increased but my knowledge of the culture as well. This gives me great things to talk about in job interviews or talk a little about Chinese market.

What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?

My advice for students who want to travel abroad is don't choose a program that you'll be comfortable in, choose one that makes you grow as a person.