UMD: A Globally Connected University

Harriet Dadzie

ProgramBMGT Exchange: Vienna University of Business & Economics
Term: Fall 2016

Studying abroad allowed me to become more independent and proactive. You may think that a whole semester in a new country will go slowly. However, there are still only 24 hours in a day and with so many things happening around you, it seems to go faster. Sometimes you may be afraid to do things alone, but if you wait for others, you may miss your opportunity. Being abroad in Vienna taught me not to be afraid of figuring out things by myself. If I get lost or can't find what I'm looking for, I change and create an even better adventure.

Advice for future #TerpsAbroad: As a person of color and a woman going into the business field, my advice is to be confident in yourself as well as positive-minded. While abroad, I did receive stares and comments that made me feel uncomfortable. However, if you are positive, you attract positive people who want to learn about you and appreciate you. Also, being abroad allows you to learn about other cultures and opinions that may help you grow in your view of yourself. Don't forget that this is your experience and how you look at yourself is a big part of it. ​

While being in Vienna, Austria, I realized that although our cultures may be different, most people around the globe cherish their families the most. Many festivals focused on family bonding. Near the holidays, Christmas markets covered the city and country. You'll see all ages and various nationalities join together to ice skate, drink hot chocolate, and socialize. While at the largest one in the city, I was even able to hear the current President of Austria speak and joke around with other Austrians.

Advice for future #TerpsAbroad: More careers, especially in the US are becoming globalized and it's necessary to be prepared for different mindsets and opinions. Studying abroad is a great way to expose yourself to people very different from yourself and learn to tolerate and appreciate views different from your own.​