Being Welcomed as Guest

Samantha McGrath Majors: Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing & Management Program: Business and Culture in Thailand When you think third-world country typically the first couple thoughts that come to mind are dirty, uneducated, and poor. After traveling to Thailand it’s amazing to see what the local can create with what they have. There might…

“Adventure Is Out There”

Samantha McGrath Majors: Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing and Leadership and Business Strategy Program: Business and Culture in Thailand I am super excited to travel to Thailand. I think the phrase that best describes how I’m feeling at this moment is from a well-known movie UP, “Adventure is out there!”. After attending the pre-departure…

A Taste of Thailand in the U.S.

Dylan Coleman Sales and Business Marketing and Leadership and Business Strategy Business Culture in Thailand I went grocery shopping the day after my return. I quickly began looking for the Sweet Chili Sauce that is traditional to Thailand. I found a bottle of the sauce while browsing the many isles at Meijer, along with white…

A Changing Mind-Set

Max Wicklund Major: Film, Video, and Media Studies Program: Business and Culture in Thailand While heading to Thailand, I began to grow concern about the communication barriers I would face. We were told there would be many times that we would be left to fend for ourselves, but leading up to the trip we were…

Transportation of Thailand

Dylan Coleman Major:Sales and Business Marketing and Leadership and Business Strategy Program: Business and Culture in Thailand You will notice many different forms of transportation in Thailand. Moped, train, subway, boats, and Tuk Tuks. A Tuk Tuk is a type of a taxi, but looks nothing like what we think a taxi would look like…

Thailand’s River-Ways

Austin Malotke Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing Thailand Study Abroad Being in Bangkok is an extremely different experience than any US city. In this last year I’ve been to New York City and trying to compare these two are night and day. I truly thought that I would be able to compare the two…

Fears, Friends, Fun: Preparing for a Trip of a Lifetime

Dylan Coleman Major:Sales and Business Marketing and Leadership and Business Strategy Program: Business and Culture in Thailand Not being understood is my biggest fear in life. Now, I am traveling to a place where the majority of people will not understand me. Walking through the streets of Bangkok hustling past people who I have never…

Bringing home more than some Spices

Austin Malotke Major: Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing Program: Business and Culture in Thailand At the end of my trip my communication improved greatly. It wasn’t the fact of actual verbal communication, but more of understanding how the Thai people approached things different from Americans as well as how to communicate without a shared…

24 Hours: My first full day back in the USA

Mike Powell Major: Management Program: Business & Culture in Thailand It has been 24 hours since my plane arrived in Chicago from Hong Kong (previously Bangkok) and I must say, after two weeks in Thailand, I’m going through some significant adjustments in just 24 hours. The first is Jet Lag, oh the dreaded Jet Lag….

Battle of the Mud Buckets

Max Wicklund Major: Film, Video, and Media Studies Program: Business and Culture in Thailand While our group was in route to Chicago to board our 15-hour flight to Hong Kong, we had a startling realization that a time delay for our flight meant we would miss the flight to Bangkok, leaving us stranded in Hong…

A Post-Voyage: Best Adventures from an Exotic Place

Joseph Thompson Major: Food and CPG Marketing Program: Business & Culture Thailand I don’t even know where to begin. This journey that I had in Thailand was an experience that I will never forget. In the last week of my adventure we went to the Phi Phi Islands and Phucket and much more. Starting with…

As Destiny Will Have It

Max Wicklund Major: Film,Video,and Media Studies Program: Business and Culture in Thailand . I have always loved the idea of traveling. Going to a new place, meeting new people, and trying new things. I think it is so incredibly important to expand your horizons in life and what better way to do that than crossing…