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Alita O.

Alumna, ISLP Business & Entrepreneurship '13
Alumna, Business and Innovation '08

"I am a lover of learning. I believe that the best way to learn is to do, to experience, to explore, and this trip gave me all of that."

Q&A with Alita

  • How was your travel experience different than learning in a traditional classroom?

    I am a lover of learning and this experience taught me more in ten days than I have learned in some semester courses. I believe that the best way to learn is to do, to experience, to explore, and this trip gave me all of that. I learned what it was like to own a company which created recycled and decomposable products, learned what it takes to start/run/own a bar, and learned what it was like to be immersed in the Australian culture.

  • Tell us about your ISLP experience and what the experience meant to you.

    My ISLP adventure is one I will never forget. I met so many new people, experienced a culture that is so similar yet so different from ours and learned about business from experienced entrepreneurs and managers. Every day was packed with seminars but there was still so much time to explore. I loved wandering around the city, visiting local marketplaces, zoos, aquariums, seeing the cities’ tourist traps, and participating in festivals.

  • What was your most memorable moment at ISLP?

    Can I say the whole trip? If not, it would have to be discovering there is an adult sized playground in Darling Harbor in Sydney.

  • What would you tell a student who is considering attending ISLP in the future?

    I would tell them that it would be the best decision they will have made in their life so far. Going on an ISLP trip will change the way you think, will open your eyes to the world around you, and it will give you enough stories to make all your friends jealous of the adventure you had.

  • How was your Cultural Extension trip?

    On the cultural extension I traveled deep into one of the oldest rainforests in the world. I was surrounded by something so old and so magnificent I couldn’t help but be awed. The only part I didn’t like was that I had to return home.