As students and future managers, we need to be aware of these cultural differences and take them into account in our interactions with both guests and our co-workers. Even when it comes to food! I didn't realize that in China they still eat cats and dogs, not in a weird way, they actually breed dogs just for eating like we do with cattle. And then in India cows are sacred and they don't eat them. There's so much to consider when working internationally. I love it!! It's so interesting to learn about how everyone else does things. Even the way you hand someone a business card. The Chinese and Japanese give and receive cards using two hands, very formally, whereas the French and North Americans are much more casual about it. I can't wait to learn even more about all my new friends!!
Oh, and in other news I think it might be pledge week here at UCR, Linds and I went to the campus store today and while walking through the campus (which is STUNNING, by the way), there were a bunch of booths and massive Greek letters all over the main lawn area. I took some pictures. I think it'd be so cool to go to an American university and be in a sorority!! I also just LOVE how dedicated they are to their sports. They really have a huge sense of loyalty to their school and the sports teams. I just love it. And speaking of which, the campus store is unreal!! The plethora of UCR clothing and golf bags and golf balls and cheerleader skirts and towels and sweatpants and pajamas and.....well you get the picture. Of course we had to get a few things!! Just a few because I can guarantee you we'll need some Disney stuff once we get there. I also got a few fun things for my parents to send home because they are awesome and deserve a reward for all the support they've given me!
|This is part of the center area of the main UCR campus|
|This is why I think it might be pledge week. There's Greek letters everywhere!!|
|On the left is Cinthia from Paris, right is Andrea from Madrid!|
|These letters are just as massive as you think they are. Pretty cool!!|
|These are really neat banner things that are also in the quad.|