Written by Cindy Olivera, Hult Global Ambassador and Masters in International Business student Class of 2018.
I can’t believe that it’s been almost three months since I left my home country of Peru. Before moving to the United Kingdom, I wondered how different it would be to live and study in one of the most multicultural countries in the world. What would my future classmates be like? Could I adapt to a new country and culture easily? I haven’t been at Hult very long, and these questions have already been answered.
Getting to know each other
Before moving to London I was already talking to some of my future classmates on Whatsapp. When I arrived in London I met my first 3 classmates who came from a variety of countries. We had an opportunity to talk and get to know each other over dinner and drinks. Later, I would discover that lots of my free time after class or at weekends would be spent chatting for hours in the local bar. This pastime is new to me, but it’s one that I’ve grown to like!
“We are equipped with skills that help us prepare for the international job market.”
A global environment
As the days and weeks have passed, I’ve met people from all over the world. I’m so grateful for Hult giving me the most international experience. Currently, I am working with two different sets of people in teams for projects and we are such a diverse group – not only because of the countries we come from (Germany, Austria, India, Italy, Netherland, Venezuela, and Portugal), but also because of our background and experiences. Not to mention our differences in personalities and work style. One of the advantages of studying in an international school is that we are equipped with skills that help us prepare for the international job market. By working in multicultural teams, facing and solving different problems and receiving feedback, we experience an environment that is similar to that of a global company.
Hult also organizes events celebrating our multicultural community. Just a month ago we had an event which celebrated a festival called Diwali – a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of light over darkness. We had so much fun that day as everyone danced, ate delicious Indian food, and dressed in traditional Indian clothing. A great and memorable experience!
“Every new experience and challenge has become a part of the person and professional that I am developing into.”
Apart from taking part in the global celebration events, you can also be a part of numerous clubs and societies if you wish. For example, the Hult Latino Dance Club, which I am a part of, goes to a Salsa club every Thursday where we get to learn how to dance salsa with professionals. I was surprised to see how many non-Latino friends were interested in learning to dance salsa – it’s great fun and a good way to meet people. Just to give you an idea of how multicultural our club is, we have Hult students from the following countries: Lebanon, France, Germany, USA, Dominican Republic, Spain, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, India, and many more. We’ve had so much fun together, and I am thankful for all of the experiences and memories we’ve created together so far.
Choosing an international school was the best decision I could have made. Every new experience and challenge has become a part of the person and professional that I am becoming. Because Hult is known and ranked highly for internationality, it attracts a similar type of person – those who are willing to meet new people, to exchange ideas, to support each other, and be your friend.
And the best part? This is just the beginning of the journey….
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Cindy Oliveira is from Peru currently completing a Masters of International Business at the Hult London campus. Prior to Hult, Cindy has worked in the Logistics and Supply chain industry. She is passionate about running and education, and hopes to pursue a career in the United Nations or NGO sector.