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Wing Ki (far right) and her fellow study tour participants at Googleplex in San Francisco

Wing Ki (far right) and her fellow study tour participants at Googleplex in San Francisco

Wing Ki's US dream comes true on study tour

2 November 2017

Wing Ki Choi was among 26 ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) students who travelled to San Francisco as part of the CBEA3066 Global Business Immersion study tour. The trip, which took place during the Semester 2 teaching break, saw students visit corporations, learning about Corporate Sustainability and immerse themselves in American culture.

Wing Ki is a Bachelor of Commerce student from Hong Kong. As an international student, she appreciated the opportunity to experience different cultures - “I got to speak more English on the trip, and also now I know more about American culture. It's completely different to what I thought,” she said.

“Hong Kong and Australia are the only places I know, but this trip helped me understand more about the US. It's a really huge economy, so there’s opportunity to go there in the future for work and business. So this (trip) has let me explore a little bit about how it works.”

The ANU group spent 10 days in the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley, visiting corporations including Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, NASDAQ, Institute for the Future and the Invention Hub.

Wing Ki said a highlight for her was learning about Not for Sale, a not-for-profit that creates enterprises for vulnerable communities.

“I really liked the talk at Not for Sale in the Invention Hub. They took the concept of a charity, but made a really good business model which doesn’t rely on donations. It’s really inspirational. I’d never thought of doing it this way. I learnt about different business models, which I can use later in my life in work or even personally.”

Not only did the trip complement Wing Ki’s Management major, she also gained professional experience and career development. “I went to my very first networking event at UC Berkley! I got to understand the atmosphere and how these events work.”

“Also in UC Berkley we went to Chou Hall at the Haas School of Business, which is a building without trash bins. It aims to be the greenest academic building. I was super amazed because I thought that would be impossible! But it actually works there!”
Wing Ki
“We don't have composting at the ANU yet so this wouldn't work at the moment, but I believe when there is composting in the future, it might work.”

The real highlight of the trip for Wing Ki however, was attending the San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers NFL game.

“I really liked going to the football game. It was amazing. I watched a cartoon when I was really young and it's about American football. So this is kind of my dream to watch it in real life.”

Find out how you can apply to be part of a Global Business Immersion study tour.

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Updated:   16 November 2017 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team