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Travel Diaries Profile: Meet Marissa

Marissa  Undergraduate School:  Howard University Pre-MBA: I worked in the nonprofit sector Interning:I’ll be interning at American Express in New York this summer MBA Studies: Marketing Future Plans:  A career in Marketing Strategy and Entrepreneurship Best Goizueta memory: I’ve had so many awesome memories from my experience at Goizueta so far, but the South Africa module is at the top of the list! Why Goizueta:  I chose Goizueta based on fit. It’s a little abstract, but when I visited and interacted with the faculty, administration and current students it just felt right Best career skill learned at Goizueta: Goizueta has taught me to hone...

Marissa – Experiencing South Africa Day 9

Nelson Mandela and hundreds of other political prisoners were held at Robben’s Island without due process and in worse conditions than murderers. Our tour guide was also a political prisoner, held at Robben’s Island for almost a decade from the age of 18 on. He shared his very personal story with us, and afterwards we talked about the struggle and importance of not harboring hatred in your heart. We head to the top of table mountain just after lunch. I’m horribly afraid of heights, but my classmates kept me calm and distracted as we made the steep ascent in...

Marissa – Experiencing South Africa Day 8

We start the day off at the beautiful vineyards of Boschendale, where we had our first tasting and wine lesson of the day. Its hot, but a hundred year old oak tree makes the weather in the shade, perfect! Driving through wine country after lunch in Franschoek, we passed the jail Mandela was released from in 1990. It still amazes me that South Africa’s checkered history wasn’t that long ago, and how far the country has come in two decades. After a long day, we all decide to take a sunset cruise. Out in the middle of the Atlantic...

Marissa – Experiencing South Africa Day 7

A lot of people know that I love cars. I really enjoyed talking with the guys at Optimal Energy about their electric car, the Joule, and their marketing strategy. The lead consultant actually lived in my hometown of Detroit for some years! After the hottest day of the trip so far, Cape Town finally cooled off. A group of us headed down to the Victoria and Albert Waterfront for a late night seafood dinner.

Marissa – Experiencing South Africa Day 1

Starting off our first full day in Jozi in Soweto. Vilakazi Street was the hotbed of student anti-Apartheid activism in the 60’s, as well as home to heroes of the movement like Nelson Mandela.   We had a chance to visit a primary school that Goizueta has established a relationship with. I think this is a lot of my classmates’ favorite part of the trip so far. The children were all beautiful and full of questions about life in the states. High fives, thumbs up, hugs and big smiles all around!Seeing these kids smile brings perspective to life and...