Brian Mojica is a rising junior on the men's water polo team. He will be traveling to Singapore, Vietnam and China as part of a Dean's Scholars study tour May 20-June 5 and will be blogging about his experience.
Today was my first full day in Singapore and it was quite eventful. I woke up at 6:30 and decided to go on a run. The humidity out here was so high that I was sweating even before I started running. the run, however, was very nice. I was able to explore the college and the surrounding environment. During the run I passed a lot of preparatory schools, and it was interesting to see how many foreigners were enrolled at these institutions. This theme kept arising as the day went on.
The rest of the day consisted of a lecture from a GW alum and two business visits. Each talked about the problem Singapore is facing with foreign workers and what the government is doing to try to limit the amount of workers. It was interesting to listen to because of the immigration problems we have back in the U.S.
We visited the ANZ headquarters in Singapore and we had the most amazing view. The whole time we were there I kept thinking how GW's location and classes give us the opportunity to go on these visits, and I highly recommend taking full advantage of it.
The lecture and the company visits helped me realize the reason we are out here. There is so much to learn by experiencing different cultures. It is part of the reason global organizations often have a rotation system.
It is unbelievable how much I have learned just in the one day. If you put yourself out there and keep an open mind there are so many things you can learn just by being in a new culture. These visits really gave me an idea of what I want to do and what I want to accomplish in life.
As always, RAISE HIGH!