Go to China? For spring break?

April 11, 2018
• by
Erin LeBlanc

I can tell you one thing: I never would have thought that spending a week in Beijing and Shanghai would be fun, let alone the best week of my life.

Each year, Marshall invites a group of select incoming freshman to enroll in the Global Leadership Program, a year-long class culminated in a week-long trip to China.

During the first semester, we had the opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers. These sections focused on leadership and touched on a wide spectrum of industries.

Then, in the spring, we turned to studying China. While we learned a lot about the Chinese market, culture, and politics, nothing can measure up to actually going there.

We visited companies such as Hyundai, Volvo Construction, and Hippo Animation, hearing from entrepreneurs, innovators, and engineers. We ate at Chinese KFC, authentic local restaurants, and street vendors. We toured the Bund, the Great Wall, and massive skyscrapers.

I had the privilege of making this trip with 100 of my fellow classmates, and each one of us took so much from this experience.   

To get the most out of life, you have to step out of your comfort zone. This trip included a list of firsts for me

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First walk on the Great Wall (in the snow!)

First tour of a factory

First taste of Peking Duck (and bugs!)

This was also my first trip with my Trojan family,

but I know that it won’t be my last.

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