Good afternoon from Warsaw! Hopefully everyone has had an exceptional weekend; can’t say I have had any complaints. Most of the cohort is currently on an Erasmus arranged trip to Budapest, Hungary this weekend. Although our program is not through Erasmus, it is great how we are able to be included in these economical trips. It also is a great opportunity to meet international students! I, on the other hand, decided to invest in total rest and relaxation during this long weekend 🙂 It was a much needed breath of fresh air after the hectic wrap up of the semester in Poland.
Academia in Poland is a bit different than what I am used to in the USA. In the USA, or at least where I went to undergrad, it was quite normal to have readings due for each class in order to contribute to class discussion. Occasional home works and quizzes are assigned as well. Conversely, the classes in the University of Management were taught a bit differently. In the beginning of the semester, term projects were assigned. Ideally, we are supposed to work incrementally throughout the entire semester. In reality, hmm.. we all saved our work for the last minute. The struggle consisted of the following:
1. International Marketing Presentation
2. International Marketing Paper
3. Organizational Theory Presentation
4. Organizational Theory Paper
5. International Finance test
6. International Finance Merger and Acquisition Valuation
7. European Business Law Presentation
All assignments were to be worked on in teams except the finance test. Please for future cohorts, be a bit more conscientious of the deadlines and time frame of the assignments. Working on four completely different projects with four completely different teams is chaotic to say the least. Scheduling group meetings can be quite frustrating considering all colleagues have obligations to other groups as well. I think juggling all the projects and papers within one week between 27 different students and teams really emphasized our Intercultural Communications aspect in the program. It is one thing to learn about applied intercultural communications in text, but I truly think it is most impacting when you personally experience it. The stress levels, communication barriers, time constraints, and ultimately the collaboration of multinational teams are best exemplified in these group projects. Needless to say, once this week was over, the cohort went out for drinks.
Here are other fun things that have happened this semester in Warsaw, Poland!
Until next time,