Students

Gaining Global Experience

Posted
November 28, 2022
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Lubin student Caroline Dowers '23

Caroline Dowers

Class of 2023

Currently Studying: BBA in International Management with a minor in Nonprofit Studies

Member Of: Study Abroad Club (Vice President, 2021-2022)

Pronouns: She/Her

As an International Management student, Caroline Dowers '23 is taking what she's learning in the classroom and putting it to work. By the time she graduates in 2023, Caroline will have studied abroad multiple times. Not only is she exploring different countries and cultures, but she's also getting true global business experience that will set her apart from other candidates as she searches for a post-graduation job.

Why did you choose Pace University and the Lubin School of Business?

I chose Pace University because I knew I wanted to attend a university in New York City. Pace was also affiliated with my study abroad program, Verto Education. Through this partnership, I was able to travel for an entire year and still graduate in four years. The decision to commit to the Lubin School of Business was simple after I saw its International Management program. This major has perfectly implemented all of my study abroad experiences and has allowed me to take courses surrounded by an international student body, providing a rich learning environment that is truly a global one.

How have clubs on campus helped enrich your student experience?

Being a member and e-board member of the Study Abroad Club has helped enrich my student experience by providing me a space to get to know other students, which has been so important yet challenging throughout the pandemic. Through online events, and finally, to the planning and execution of in person meetings and events, being part of a club has been so crucial to my social life here at Pace. Organizations like the Study Abroad Club have given me the platform to inform and, hopefully, inspire others to travel abroad.

As a Lubin student, you have taken advantage of the many study abroad opportunities Pace University has to offer. What destination has been your favorite? What is something you learned about that destination or its culture that you will carry with you?

Thailand has been my favorite study abroad destination. I spent two months travelling throughout central and northern Thailand while learning about International Development and Comparative Philosophy. I also learned so much about this beautiful country and its people. The kindness and selflessness that Thai people express has no barrier—it makes sense that the country is dubbed the 'land of smiles.' I will forever carry their notion of inclusiveness and ability to treat everyone like family with me.

What has been your favorite business class abroad and why?

My favorite business course abroad so far has been the International Management course I took in China. It was the perfect combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on/experiential learning. A typical day included a lecture on a business topic, then an open discussion, and finally a trip. These trips ranged from factory tours to Q+As with Fortune 500 companies. The course layout really allowed me to place all the topics I learned into real life scenarios.

How has studying business in different parts of the world impacted your experience as a business student? How do you think it will impact your future in the business world?

Studying business in different parts of the world has had a significant impact on my experience as a business student and has shaped my educational path. I have learned that it is important to be culturally conscious in the business world. By studying in different parts of the world, I now have an open mind that allows me to think at a global level. I am more understanding and will be more successful in things such as international negotiating, which requires a certain level of cultural empathy from both parties.

What has been your favorite opportunity at Pace?

My favorite opportunity at Pace has been working with the Study Abroad Club and office. I am currently working with the Pace First Year Experience London students who are currently studying in London at the same time as me. It has been so fulfilling to connect with students who are spending their first semester abroad like I did. To be able to guide them through the exciting and challenging moments that come with the opportunity to travel has been such a rewarding use of my experience abroad. It is so nice to have a body of students from Pace who are all experiencing London at the same time. I have loved getting to know them.

Do you have any advice for other Lubin students?

Connect with your professors and advisors! They have life experience and advice that can help with your own journey. Also, study abroad if you can! The opportunity to see how business is done in another part of the world is so valuable in every aspect.

The Lubin School of Business is a school that fosters innovation and thinking outside the box. Lubin professors and advisors have motivated me to head towards a career I am passionate about. They have helped me secure the resources and internships necessary to kick start my career.

What does #LubinLife mean to you?

#LubinLife means being a part of a community that is ambitious, forward-thinking, and global. The Lubin School of Business is a school that fosters innovation and thinking outside the box. Lubin professors and advisors have motivated me to head towards a career I am passionate about. They have helped me secure the resources and internships necessary to kick start my career.