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This program has been canceled.
June 2009 marks the first offering of this as a summer program. However, below are some quotes from Cornell MBA students who took the Bulgaria-Turkey portion of this study trip in January 2008:
Edgar Arvizu, MBA '08
"A great educational experience that left all of us with lifelong memories and a strong interest in returning to the region in the not too distant future. Thank you again Professor for your hard work in making this an excellent trip."
Adrienne Martinez, MBA '08
"The ability to explore these countries not just as a tourist but as a student with academic, business, and cultural resources provided me with a favorable overall experience and a continued thirst for learning."
Amit Shah, MBA '08
"Our trip to Bulgaria and Turkey was truly an eye-opening experience for me. Bulgaria was like no place I've ever visited before and it was a privilege to meet the movers and shakers in an economy experiencing such growth. Turkey was also a phenomenal cultural experience and I hope to visit again soon to explore the rest of this great country."
Lindsay Lehman, MBA '09
"My experience in Turkey and Bulgaria was extremely fascinating, educational, and absolutely memorable. The ability to experience these countries with classmates native to the area, to hear from local businessmen and businesswomen about their experiences, and to learn in an academic setting foreign to my previous experience was a unique opportunity that I would have never experienced were it not for this trip."
Mark Hartman, MBA '08
"Professionally, the experience was a fantastic opportunity to observe both the factors driving rapid growth in Eastern Europe as well as the challenges of the European Union pre-accession process. As this was my first trip abroad unrelated to military service, I relished the opportunity to interact with the populace, attend traditional events, and, in general, experience the rich and vibrant local cultures. Visiting the remnants of some of the world's most significant empires was particularly enriching, and I developed several new friendships that will certainly endure."
Philip Moran, MBA '08
"This trip exposed me to the issues that surround both countries as they deal with accession into the EU. The exposure I got could definitely not have been replaced with lectures or books. The trip also opened my eyes to the rest of the world - things are becoming much more global and as Americans we too should start thinking global. The world will definitely not be the same in the next decade and most likely, the world will no longer revolve around the US. This trip helped me to realize this very important point and has sparked an interest in learning and understanding the dynamics that surround various developing regions/countries throughout the world."
Rhoda Yap, MBA '08
"Having traveled to over ninety cities in more than twenty countries and being passionate about exploring new cultures, I embarked upon this course with keen sense of anticipation as well as a set of expectations. What I learnt was that many of my initial perceptions were off the mark. Also, in observing differences between Bulgaria and Turkey and the countries that I have visited before, I began to appreciate things that one may take for granted in our daily lives."
Sung Yoon Woo, MBA '09
"The biggest lesson that I have taken from this trip is that the world is moving at the speed of light and the globalization is taking place in every corner of the world. It was a priceless experience that I was able to witness the ever-improving movement of the two economies."
Tram Ho, MBA '08
"I had a great time in Bulgaria and Turkey. This study abroad trip not only fosters my appreciation for other cultures but also helps me build a stronger and lasting bond with my classmates and professor. I can't wait for my next trip!"
William Derosa, MBA '08
"Overall this trip will be one I will never forget, and I feel fortunate and enriched by the experiences gained from it, and am very glad I was able to participate."