Hi! My name is Jenny, and I’m a grad student at FIU. It seems like such a long time when I first decided I wanted to go on this trip, and now I’m just a few days away!
Along with the rest of my classmates, I’ve never been to Dubai so I can’t wait to see many of their famous buildings such as the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa and be able to get a feel of their culture.
One of the activities I’m most excited about is the culinary experience at L’atelier des Chefs of Dubai. Last year, I went on a culinary tour in Italy and I loved being able to pick our foods from a fresh market and cook some of our meals from scratch. As this trip is not revolved around culinary, I’m still eager to learn how they cook and use the different spices/condiments that they have. I definitely hope I’m capable of recreating some of their dishes upon our arrival back home.
I’m also thrilled that we will be able to go to Ferrari World. This is known to be the largest indoor theme park in the world and it’s also the first and only Ferrari-branded theme park. The park is home to “Formula Rossa” which is currently the world’s fastest roller coaster. With such high speeds, all riders are required to wear protective glasses due to the risk of an impact with airborne particles or insects. I am not an adrenaline junkie, so I hope I have enough courage to go on this ride!
I believe these experiences will enhance my global citizenship because I will have the ability to understand and appreciate their culture better considering that I’ll actually be staying there. They will also help me become a more successful industry professional because, in any job, employers seek those who are comfortable in many cultures and are exposed to diversity.