My name is Jen and I am a freshman biomedical engineering major and business minor at UMass Lowell. I am so excited to be apart of this study abroad program in India and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Don’t forget your wallet with your passport, ID, and Money in a restaurant in Boston before you leave for the airport! Especially do not drive away and leave it there for 20 minutes. If you do make this mistake, as I did, make sure to call the restaurant while driving back and if they say they don’t have it, still drive back anyway because the chances of you actually retrieving it significantly increases.
The flights are long, so pack light, store the snacks given to you on the plane for later and bring a book audiobook because the plane will be dark and you don’t want to upset anyone near you by turning on the light. Also, try to get as much sleep as possible because once you are at the University you will want to have enough energy to greet your fellow students with a friendly smile.
THE BANGALORE AIRPORT DOES NOT HAVE FREE ACCESSIBLE WIFI!!! It will be helpful to know this and plan around this in advance. The Bangalore airport is small, so fear not, you will easily find people from your group when you or they arrive. Go to the bathroom, wash up, change your clothes, get a chai tea at the cafe, withdraw cash and get to know your new classmates.
The drive is 6-8hours so get as much rest as possible, but don’t forget to look out your window every so often to see what is around you. You will also be given lunch at the halfway point. Make sure to only eat the warm things and definitely try the coffee!
When you arrive at the campus, make sure to be alive and ready for a big crowd to greet you. This is what you rested for, so smile up!
Thanks for reading,
First day was a success! Having not been horizontal for nearly 40 hours and the combined stress of no regularly scheduled or balance meals I am surprised to say I feel incredible, which is entirely because of the energy of those I am surrounded by.
I have managed to greet a considerable portion of the group(~80 with volunteers), which has made a name for myself, meaning the rest of the group is introducing themselves to me (making my life that much easier). The first day of classes starts soon and I am up with one of my peers from UML getting started on the day. It feels wonderful to have had a full night’s sleep HORIZONTAL. I truly missed sleeping in my accustom position after my journey to here, Hubli, which took three flights and one bus trip.
Another notable event was the tour of the KLE Technological University Ctie space in their innovation hub. I had the opportunity to see some of the students and the space within which they are engaging in entrepreneurship and innovation on campus. The exchange group was even given a short presentation on one of the startup’s prototype for a self-guided pesticide spraying drone, the details of which were exciting.
That about wraps-up the first day. I do not expect to post every morning, but will certainly do what I can to recap all events that stick with me.
Thanks for reading!
Pesticide spraying self-guided drone.
First group of students I met.
I’m currently sitting in the Frankfurt Airport on a 7+ hour layover feeling like it’s 2am (8am local time in Frankfurt) and haven’t slept yet. The first leg of the trip (Boston to Frankfurt) went well, but I didn’t end up sleeping at all. I’m exhausted, but just relieved to be on this trip and to not have forgotten anything major (I think). It was a bit of a scramble to be ready to go on a trip of this magnitude just a couple of days after Christmas.
Looking forward to (hopefully) getting some sleep during the rest of this journey – only another 18 to 20 more hours of traveling to go until we get to our home away from home in Hubli.
– Laura (Part time MBA student)
I am a senior at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell studying accounting and finance with a passion for entrepreneurship. I was first introduced to entrepreneurship during my sixth semester at the Pennsylvania State University in a seminar course in the Eberly College of Science. This course was one where notable PSU alumni would come and talk about their career path and experiences, to show us that not every path is linear. The only seminar that really stuck with me was from a well credentialed alumni who found himself being an advisor to startups with a biology/chemistry foucs. His experiences with startups ranged from successful to disastrous. The variability of experience showed me a field where one’s abilities can be fully developed and tested, which is how my passion for entrepreneurship was ignited.
I have sought out and seized opportunities, and this GEI program is certainly the one I am most excited for. To find myself in a new environment with students from China, India, and Japan working on an assignment to make something better will be a truly great experience. I am eager to see in what ways my peers and I are different and how our cultures and personal backgrounds will guide us through the work we will have.
Travel and study entrepreneurship and innovation with UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business. Undergraduate and graduate students welcome.
Students will travel to Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), JAIPUR (Pink City) and Hubli, India with Professor Ashwin Mehta and Michael Obal to KLE Technological University to learn alongside KLE students and immerse themselves in entrepreneurial mindsets and cultural influences on decision-making.
This course is worth 3 credits and is designed to help students understand the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in today’s global economy and to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset among the students in the Manning School of Business. It will cover different forms of entrepreneurship such as small businesses, growth ventures, corporate entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. The course will focus on innovation types, turning innovation into reality and the process of entrepreneurship. Innovation and entrepreneurship theories and concepts will be discussed with real life examples and cases.