Hallie Lockhart, a senior marketing major from Arvada, Colorado, will study abroad in Australia this December – enjoying the country’s summer season. While there, students are immersed in unique natural wonders and exposed to different ways of thinking about agriculture and ecosystem services. Lockhart chose the Australia global immersion program to get out of her comfort zone and see somewhere new.
“I am looking forward to studying abroad with my sister and getting to experience a new place before I graduate,” said Lockhart.
I Can’t Believe I’m Going To Australia – November 11, 2018
I had pretty much decided I wasn’t going to study abroad during my years at Nebraska. I was too nervous to be all the way across the ocean from my family. I was always taking classes during the summer, and there was no way I was missing the football or basketball seasons. As I neared the end of my junior year, I was running out of time. I heard some students in class talking about the short trips the College of Business hosts every year. I realized this was something I could fit into my final year of school. Australia was perfect. It’s the final two weeks of winter break, when Nebraska and Colorado winters are just getting started. Why would anyone not want to lie on a beach or scuba dive around the Great Barrier Reef? I had no reason not to apply.
Now I am sitting here with my passports updated, my flights purchased, and we started our class projects to prepare for our time in Australia. In class currently, we are creating business ideas that would create jobs for 10,000 employees worldwide. My group conceptualized a footwear company that uses recycled ocean plastic to create versatile shoe soles. By doing this, we can collaborate with large established footwear companies to do an exclusive run of their products on our shoe sole. On top of creating a company, doing the market research and analysis, and creating a marketing plan for them, we will immerse ourselves in readings about other cultures and how they do business. “The Culture Map” book will help us look at the cultural norms in Australia and see how they affect their business relationships and dynamics with other cultures. We then get to see firsthand how this plays out while we are on the trip.
I can’t believe we are only month and a half away from a trip that I never thought I would go on, and I know will be one of the greatest experiences of my life.