On the 8th of February, Patrick Gorenac, Alicia Beggs, John Beckinsale, and I began the long journey to Gainesville, Florida. With much excitement, and many practice cases under our belts, we boarded the 11am flight headed to LA, en route to the Heavener International Case Competition (HICC). The competition itself, run by the University of Florida, brings together exceptional students from 20 business schools around the globe, aiming to expose them to the strategic challenges and decisions encountered by global business leaders.
The feeling of a dream coming to reality is best explained when I got my visa for Australia to study at QUT. I was nervous and excited. New country, new culture, new beginnings, new friends, creating opportunities for myself; but it also meant getting out of my comfort zone, returning to studies after a good nine-year break – and not to forget self doubt!
Mikaela is with a group of Business students on a study tour in the United States. She shares 10 things she loves about Seattle.
Attention all Australian undergraduate students aged 18–28, currently studying and who are aspiring to be 2019 New Colombo Plan scholars: if this is the first time you’ve come across these articles then — hold it right there! Before reading any further, this is the second article in my article series for aspiring 2019 New Colombo Plan scholars. Be sure to read my first article with my advice about the first step in the New Colombo Plan scholarship application process. (Also, make sure to tune in for further New Colombo Plan advice articles by, Julian Vidal — current PwC Japan New Colombo Plan scholar.)
Attention all Australian undergraduates aged 18–28 currently studying at Australian Universities: Another year has rolled over and I’m sure many of you are starting to set your sights on illustrious academic goals for this year. Well, you’ve come to the right place, because the New Colombo Plan scholarship program is your one-stop shop for goal setting over the next year. Trust me, it will change your life forever and it will be the most rewarding intellectual challenge that you will face as an undergraduate student, so why not put your best foot forward and put your hat in the ring to be a 2019 New Colombo Plan scholar!
This year has not been my normal lead up to Christmas. I’ve been running around sorting out all my pre-departure requirements to leave for Thailand; I’ve been helping out at Bluesky Alternative Investments; I’ve been travelling to and from Canberra; and I’ve been finishing my final ever law assignment at QUT. The lead up to Christmas is the culmination of what has been my best year yet and I decided to get in early by taking some time yesterday to reflect on how lucky I have been.
I made the decision to experience an overseas exchange after receiving an email from QUT advertising the opportunity to complete one. The QUT Business Exchange was so great to deal with in any questions I had that they could assist with, including sponsoring me with a $1000 bursary which was great as this covered most of my tuition for the two-week course.
It sounds like something out of a fairy tale. A girl goes to uni in the big city and learns about the world of entertainment production. She studies for three long years and learns about all the creative, business and law elements that make any piece of entertainment tick. She then graduates and goes to work at the home of entertainment – the most magical place on earth – Walt Disney World.
“You have to earn the right to have an easier life.”
The former Chief Entrepreneur Mark Sowerby coined this phrase to me during a car ride to the Kenmore Rotary Club. It’s a phrase that has changed my perspective on what I now think the business founder journey is all about. For me, an easier life would involve the financial security to take care of friends and loved ones in need. The right would be the culmination of your efforts that you have earned. To earn the right, would require an infinite supply of resilience. I believe the key to founding a successful business and thus, earning the right to an easier life is resilience.
With decorations filling the city of Gothenburg and joyful music playing constantly, the Christmas season is fast approaching! And with the season, comes the many traditions of Christmas. At a recent international dinner, I asked friends how they all celebrated Christmas with their families in their home country. Prepare to be sleighed…