What I will miss the most about studying abroad is the friends I have met and exploring all that Prague has to offer. Over the past month, I have made it a mission to go to a new café every day as coffee shop culture in Prague is surprisingly one of the best in Europe.Continue Reading
Travelling from one major city to another had led me to forget my love for nature. That is until my friends and I travelled to Interlaken, Switzerland. Switzerland is filled with delicious chocolate and cheese, but best of all the Swiss Alps! Swiss cows aren’t the only animals that are extremely happy in Switzerland, according to the World Happiness Report Switzerland ranks number 2 in happiness. I couldn’t wait to see the secret to this country’s success in person.
The first day we arrived in the small town of Interlaken, we decided to make our way over to Murren, a village high up in the mountains. I guess we were so excited for the trip we forgot to pack our winter boots because we all tracked through several inches of snow in our sneakers. Every time I had seen photos of Switzerland it looked like something out of a fantasy movie, but it was better. The mountain we hiked across were home to some pretty epic views as the snow made a magical scene, reminding me of the North Pole Village from the movie Elf.
Interlaken is well known for being the outdoor sports capital of Europe and a visit to Interlaken is not complete without trying at least one of its many extreme activities: canyoning, skydiving, rafting, hang gliding, snow shoeing, or finally paragliding. After our trip to the snowy mountains, we rushed to make it on time to paragliding. I think that all humans have an innate fear of heights to different degrees, and it was time for me to feel the adrenaline rush of flying over the Swiss alps. My parents were upset with me for signing up and concerned for my safety. My dad said “You only have one life to live”, but I told him that is exactly why I wanted to try this. Seeing the city from above the mountains as I flew at cloud level was by far the best experience of this trip.
In the end, I realized it’s no big secret why Swiss people are happy. Community is clearly a very important value people that live there hold. On every hike that we had gone on there was not one person that had passed us without cheerfully saying hello, and all the customer service we encountered involved cheerfully and excitedly helping my friends and I. I came home back to Prague with a major lesson learned; simple acts of kindness can make a tremendous impact on others.
Student, UConn School of Business
Kasia Kolc is a senior studying Accounting. She is writing this blog as part of her scholarship from the Global Business Programs Office. Kasia interned at PwC, a Big 4 public accounting firm, this past summer. She had also interned in Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch and Janney Montgomery Scott. A fun fact about Kasia is that she was a girl scout in the Polish Scouting Organization for 10 years.
Agile is a magical stepping brick that brings lots of incredible job opportunities. The methodology is not only for the software development industry anymore, but also for projects with multiple decision makers. Continue Reading
My Experience with the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CCEI)
I worked for multinational corporations for 10 years. My career grew from sales to marketing. As a product marketing professional, I have launched 10 products in the last 6 years. However, I can’t stop asking myself, “What else can I do to contribute more to my career? Where is the next step to lead to a meaningful life?” Continue Reading
About the Competition
The Columbia Case competition was organized by the Columbia Graduate Consulting Club (CGCC) of Columbia University, which was aimed to expose those students who want to pursue the field of consulting and have no prior experience in it. A total of four students from the Business Analytics and Project Management program represented UConn at this competition. Continue Reading
Some friends of mine recently asked how I found on-campus positions and internships as an international student. It took me a long conversation to explain how I found each opportunity, but I still think that I can go further to explain step-by-step for others who may be interested. Continue Reading
Middle-Autumn Festival is also known as Chinese Moon Festival. It is a time for families to be together, so people far from home will gaze longingly at the moon and think about their families. The event is open to anyone and everyone on campus. Delicious potluck dinner, music, dance, fun games and sharing traditional culture!Continue Reading
“Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania,” is the title of an outstanding book by New York Times Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni.
After researching higher education in the United States, Bruni discovers and shares anecdotes of students who did not get into their first-choice colleges, and were better off as a result. His conclusion is uplifting.
Today, in our country, there are an amazing number of strong education opportunities that will serve students well. Yet students and parents spend too much time, money, and effort, coupled with stress and tears, seeking acceptance to the perfect, most-desired school. Continue Reading
1. Having more freedom. Living off-campus gives you more choice of how many friends you would like to live with. Also you can mostly feel free to decide how to decorate your own room.
2. It’s a better place if you want to invite your friends over. Dorms are apparently not the best places to hang out because they are too small. However, off-campus apartments gives you more space. Continue Reading
I decided to ask my boss for a couple of days off after working at the library for more than a month. So my trip from New York to Washington DC started on Friday afternoon, when I took Peterpan to New York to meet two friends of mine. Although I have been to New York many times before, this is the first time I ever visited this city at night. It was definitely impressive.Continue Reading