One of the best things about Wharton and Penn is the access to incredible international opportunities. After my freshman year I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Shanghai, China. The trip was organized by a Wharton club that wanted to give Penn students exposure to the business world in Asia.
It was one of the best times of my life. During the trip we were able to visit the offices of HSBC, DuPont and Volkswagen, and we learned about the growing opportunities in Asia and how they are heavily recruiting from schools like Wharton. They really illustrated how quickly the Asian economy has grown and how they want to compete with American firms to acquire the top talent!
One of the highlights of the trip was attending the World Expo. Every country had an exhibit, and we were able to walk through the country pavilions and try waffles from Belgium, eat Paella from Spain, meet “Princesses” from Harbin (see picture below) and learn tribal dances from New Zealand. I met four of my best friends on this trip, and we were able to explore and enjoy Shanghai. We did everything ranging from getting lost and trying to navigate the metro to attending a play that was choreographed by the choreographer who was in charge of the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics!
These experiences are a great part of Wharton and encouraged by our international faculty. The majority of my friends in Wharton have had a similar international experience whether it be in Iceland, Ghana or Argentina, and we have taken so much away from the experience.