Building a global mindset at home and abroad
From living and working in Hong Kong and Germany, to volunteering at Dragon Boat and competing in Polynesian dancing, I am an individual that thrives on diversity and new ideas
City University of Hong Kong Student
I had the opportunity to go on international exchange to Hong Kong, studying at City University. While in Hong Kong, I had the opportunity to learn Mandarin, Cross-Cultural Negotiation, Conducting Business in Hong Kong, and International Marketing. Outside of the classroom, I was lucky enough to learn about other regions through travel. Some memorable experiences included: visiting the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan (at 5am!), visiting international business students in Shanghai and Suzhou, and learning how to cook Thai food in Krabi, Thailand.
Business Development at Voith GmbH
While on exchange in Asia, I received an opportunity to continue my international business goals through working at the headquarters of Voith in Heidenheim, Germany. Voith is a family owned mechanical engineering company, which turned 150 while I was there. I was working in the Business Development department of Digital Solutions, where I collaborated with a team and worked independently to research and pitch new markets, companies, and industries for Voith. It also gave me an opportunity to practice my German (which I studied for two years at the University of Victoria).
I started dancing when I was 6, and have had the opportunity to teach, become a professional dancer, and to visit Hawaii! I enjoy learning about Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian, and Samoan culture through dance, costume, and music. I also enjoy professionally performing and teaching Polynesian dance, as I think this is the best way for others to learn about a new culture. One of my favourite things about Polynesian dance is that the songs and movements capture the stories and mood of the people who created it. What better way to learn about a culture?
While I was in Asia, I had the opportunity to network with guest speakers and thought leaders through the university. I was also able to attend an event at the International Monetary Fund in Hong Kong, where we learned about currency and business in Hong Kong. While in Europe, I also had the opportunity to make connections with several embassies, through informational interviews and networking. These connections helped me to learn about different international organizations, as well as to establish connections in Hong Kong, the U.S., Canada, China, Germany, and the Netherlands (to name a few!).
My goal has been to seize every opportunity to attend events that I can. This year, that goal as taken me to some of the following places: TEDX in Hong Kong, an International Monetary Fund event in Hong Kong, a business leaders conference in Hong Kong, the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Victoria, a beer hall in Munich for student intern networking, and into some of the oldest elevators in Europe for a historical tour of my office in Germany. By attending events, I found I was able to learn new things, meet very interesting people, and push myself outside of my personal comfort zone.