Operations-management major Rosie Meyer knows that her chosen profession is a complex field. "There's so much to learn about business that can't be presented in a classroom or by just reading and studying," she says. But she's gained a better perspective on what to expect after she graduates in 2011 thanks to the experiences she's had through the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS program—including the chance to learn from business professionals in Cincinnati and across Europe.
"The opportunity to co-op and gain experience, make connections, learn how to handle yourself in a professional business environment, those things really set Lindner Honors-PLUS apart. Working and studying overseas is a great experience, especially when you're able to connect with companies you may want to work for some day."
In spring 2009, Rosie traveled with the rest of her Lindner Honors-PLUS class to London, Geneva, Brussels and Munich, among other destinations, and studied at a university in Finland. At each stop, the group was introduced to professionals working for some of the world's most prominent businesses.
"We met with staff from UniLever, Nokia, Ernst & Young, P&G and many other companies—some with connections in Cincinnati and some entirely in Europe," Rosie says. "Because virtually every company conducts business in a worldwide forum, we learned what it takes to be a major player in the global market. We also met a few graduates from the Honors-PLUS program who were working there, which was a cool experience."
In summer 2010, Rosie will head overseas again, this time with UC International to study at Nelson Mandela Memorial University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She plans to study South African history and the relationship between sport and community while taking safaris, completing community service and viewing World Cup games.