I am not a stereotypical online MBA student. I prefer to spend my admittedly limited free time going to punk shows or helping sea turtles rather than networking to find the next step in my career. That said, here I am, writing an article for Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Why? Because my Kelley Direct AGILE study abroad course in Bethlehem was easily one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I hope other current or prospective students can find their inspiration, challenge preconceptions and build a better world.
Experiencing Palestine Beyond The Headlines
First and foremost, I want to address any potential criticism or concern about the university’s decision to embark on a trip to Palestine with a class of online MBA students. With an ominous wall slowly constricting one of the most important religious sites in the world and a contentious political climate, Bethlehem is clearly an area in flux. I can attest to the fact that nearly everyone that traveled to Bethlehem with the group had friends, family, and strangers who questioned our thought process, and maybe even our sanity for choosing to do so. I get it…the news portrays a less-than-flattering image of the entire region. However, what most people don’t realize is that there’s a huge majority of people in the region that couldn’t care less about the politics and religious zealotry, and are simply trying to live their lives peacefully. (more…)