The course on entrepreneurship was very helpful and I learned a lot of great information. I do think that the course could have been organized a little bit better. I think that the students would have benefited more if we were to have taken the course before going out to our businesses and analyzing their problems. I think that if we were to have a week long class, whether it was in America or India and then pursued the entrepreneurship process, our projects would have been much better. During the first few days we were looking at our company’s problems and thinking of recommendations and solutions that might overcome them. By the time we were building our report and thought we had our recommendations down, we learned new helpful information in class which made us rethink our entire project. I felt as though every time we learned something new in class we changed our project because new ideas were constantly flying through our brains. This was a good thing but it pushed our work back to the last few days to write the paper and create the presentation. Overall I learned so much from this course and enjoyed it a lot. I had one of the best times in my life and will never forget this experience. I do believe that the groups could have been more successful if the course was spread out a little differently.
The people that I have meet on this trip are some of the best people to be around. It is fascinating to learn about everyone because we all come from very different backgrounds. Between the American students and the Indian students I have meet so many people that I am proud to call my friends. The energy level that the Indian students have everyday amazes me and has made my stay so much more enjoyable. The students in this program truly care about each other and I am so grateful to had have the opportunity to live with these people. Every morning when I walk down the stairs for breakfast I am always greeted with a big Hi Dana or HEY BUDDY! I am not a morning person by any means and to have such positive attitudes by the students really helps motivate me for the rest of the day. The amount of love that these students show is one of the greatest things to experience. The other night there was about 6 of us at a table eating dinner and we made a cheer for ever person at that table. I can’t remember the last time that I cheered or made a toast with my friends for no reason. I think that this gesture reminds us to care for each other and appreciate those that mean a lot to us. The hospitality of the students has also be so much more than I could have asked for. They have made sure that we have gotten everything we need to be happy and healthy. Many of the American students have gotten sick and I am always seeing an Indian student asking what they can do to help us and make us feel more comfortable. I think that the positive attitude of the Indian students has given me a new perspective about the way I act and treat the people I care about. I know that my experiences with both the American students and especially the Indian students will have a huge impact on me for the rest of my life.
Since I have been in India I have eaten at restaurants and in a cafeteria but tonight I got to experience a true homemade meal. My friend Sid generously invited a group of students to his house for a meal cooked by his mother. I had by far the best meal since being in India. We started out with a tasty snack while the main meal was being cooked. It was sweet and very delicious. When we got the main course we were thrilled and we were not prepared for what happened next. We were all in the living room talking, eating and watching TV while Sid was sprinting throughout the house delivering the food. The food did not end and Sid would not allow any plate to be empty. The food was so amazing and the hospitality made us feel like we were part of their family. There came a point when we could not eat anymore food because we were so full. This was the time when they brought out ice cream for us. Though we thought we couldn’t eat anymore, there is always room for ice cream. After dessert Sid’s mother taught us how to make Chai (Indian Tea). Chai has definetly become one of my favorite drinks since being in India. I felt very honored to meet Sids family, they were all very sweet and welcoming. It has been a long time since I have eaten until I cannot eat anymore. It is a great feeling to be full and I am so glad I got to experience a homemade Indian meal with some of my close new friends.