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Joel Foster

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Interests: Sports (esp. Football, not the American kind), Guitar

Faith Journey: Missionary kid, but I have had to make Christ my own.

Favorite aspect of LeTourneau University: Intramurals, as well as floor unity.

 

International Interests


 

Why did you choose International Business?

I love interacting with people, I adapt to different cultures really well, I am good at learning languages, and I am a great networker. I also like getting stuff done.

What has been your favorite International Business course so far?

Cross-Cultural Communication—because many people really fail in this area.

What has been the most challenging International Business concept for you?

Accounting—because I hate doing it! That’s why we hire accountants!

Have you participated in any memorable projects or events for your International Business classes?

My internships have been great. One in Thailand working for a subsidiary of Unilever Aviance, working on creating marketing materials for use in expanding into Malaysia, and one in Longview, TX with LIMBS International, developing a global distribution and marketing plan for the prosthetic knees they manufacture.

What is the most important thing you have learned so far about International Business?

The most important thing I have learned is that no one can teach you anything—YOU must teach yourself, and it is totally within your power to do so. Want to learn a language? Get it done! Want to be such a great communicator so that you can seal any deal and make anyone like you? Read some books and put it into practice! Want to learn guitar? Teach yourself from the ground up! You could be good at so many things, if only you shut the TV off and went and did it.

Advice for prospective International Business students.

1) Don’t ever, ever be a tourist. When you go somewhere, learn how to BE from there.

2) Learn a language and immerse yourself in it i.e. no English for 3 months. Be like a baby, learning to talk for the first time.

3) Go on an exchange semester/year that the school doesn’t offer. Just straight-up transfer for a semester or two, then transfer back. Don’t feel limited by programs the school offers—find a country you want to go to, pick some random university there, then go. A lot of people from Europe do this in Asian countries—you should do it too.

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