My GTI trip to China has been one of the most profound experiences I have had at SJSU. I learned so much from the guides, the companies, the locals, my fellow GTI scholars, and from my professors. Before experiencing China, I had a parochial view of entrepreneurship. I never consideredopportunity outside the U.S. This experience opened my eyes to the potential opportunities in the world and in China.
Leaving the comfort my home, the comfort of my family, and the comfort of the city for a trip across the Pacific to places foreign to me was quite the experience. For the duration of the trip, I was met with many challenges ranging from language barriers to weather to local foods.
This GTI study tour to China and Taiwan has been both a rewarding and memorable experience for me. Although I have been to China before, this GTI trip was still an eye-opening experience because it was my first time traveling outside the U.S. on my own.
Christopher Ian Cruda
Prior to travelling through China and experiencing their tremendous growth first hand, I was under the impression that the country and the majority of its people were low-paid manufacturing based workers who laboriously supplied the rest of the world with cheap goods. Little did I know that this facet of an impression was only a minute side of a much greater and incredibly powerful nation that China has become in such a short span of time.
As soon as we landed in Shanghai I realized that my excitement wasn’t only over what I was going to see, but also because I was in China in one of its most cardinal moments – it was three years after the Olympics were held there, one year after the World Expo had happened, and almost exactly one year after search engine magnate, “Google,” had left mainland China.
Looking back on the trip, every day was filled with a multitude of exciting adventures. Not only did we take tours of leading industry sites, such as Oracle, Medtronic, and Baidu, but we were also immersed in the rich culture of the people.