The Eberly Business Honors sophomores boarded a bus on October 22, 2015, for a special trip to Washington, D.C.
On the first day, 18 students attended the American Society for Competitiveness Conference at the Westin in Falls Church, Va., where the keynote speaker, Diana Furchtgott-Roth, spoke about her research on millennials and their interaction with America’s government.
After, students chose to attend three different breakout sessions on competitiveness, leadership, and ethics presented by scholars from all over the world. Students were also provided the opportunity to attend Dean Robert Camp and Abbas Ali’s presentation on
immigration. After the conference, students met for dinner with five business honors alumni who currently work in the D.C. area.
On the second day, students visited the Washington Center’s residential facility and headquarters, where they were introduced to what TWC has to offer. This organization provides internship programs within D.C. that partner with government agencies, nonprofits, and private corporations. After this
presentation, students visited the World Bank and learned how its operation works. The presenter, Zainab Ali, spoke on her position as assistant to the World Bank Board Member for Middle Eastern Countries and organizing projects to accomplish goals like ending hunger and reducing poverty.
Friday also provided students with free time to explore the city. Many students elected to visit the Holocaust Museum and learn about the history of World War II. Others roamed the National Mall to see the monuments. On Saturday, there was a group trip to the National Arlington Cemetery, where
students witnessed the Changing of the Guard.
Overall, students felt the trip was beneficial to them and helped them to find a potential career path. Dan Costa, a marketing and international business student, had this to say: “The overall experience was incredible from the alumni dinner, to the World Bank, to experiencing
a diverse city with its many forms of architecture and different types of people. There were so many things to see, from the Holocaust Museum to the many national monuments. Our cohort also became much closer because of the trip!”
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