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Amanda Drazga

I’m Amanda Drazga from Denver, Colorado. I currently attend the Metropolitan State University of Denver. My degree is in event management with a minor in marketing. My projected graduation year is fall of 2019. I attended the IBS Summer China in 2019 for my study abroad experience.

Hear more directly from Amanda:

Being able to travel to multiple cities and countries, what travel advice do you have for future students?

The biggest travel advice I have for students is to be prepared. Make sure you pack an extra set of clothes in your carry on and you know your traveling right when it comes to your luggage, carryon, and flight cancellations. I would also highly recommend getting an understanding of the visiting country’s cultural and laws. Finally, I would tell students to get out and explore the entire time you’re there. I was intending to stay in my hotel rooms in some free times, but others in my group convinced me to go out with them. I had an amazing experience because of it even if I was reluctant to go at first.

What company did you enjoy learning from the most and why?

I greatly enjoyed Grant Thornton because the speaker had so much knowledge to share with us. He took his time to explain how the government works in China and told us things that took the group by surprise several times. He also gave us a lot of advice on working in China and with Chinese companies. Finally, he did a great job of giving us an understanding of what his company does and what he does for the company.

Do you intend on interning/working abroad in the future – if so, what did you learn from your seminar that will help you work/live abroad?

Right now, I do not intend on working abroad in the future, but I’m sure my event planning job will take me abroad sometimes. The biggest thing I learned is understanding how cultural works in different countries because that will help you understand business practices in those countries.

If you have any questions email me at: adrazga@msudenver.edu