July 16, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University women's basketball manager Nicole McKenzie is spending her summer far from the Hilltop, in Barcelona, Spain as part of the Georgetown-Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion de Empresas (ESADE) program. The rising senior will be in her second year with the Hoyas this upcoming season and is a double major in finance and marketing.
"Studying abroad makes you realize that as large as the world seems we are all still connected on a personal level," said McKenzie. "You just happen to see the world through different cultural lenses."
McKenzie will be in Barcelona for five weeks and taking two classes for Georgetown credit including International Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Additionally, she will have the opportunity to travel the country and Europe experiencing the different cultures.
The study abroad was organized through Georgetown's Office of Global Education. Every summer, the office offers more than 20 programs serving approximately 325 Georgetown students. The five-week GU-ESADE program combines intensive classroom instruction with visits to key centers of economic activity. There is a particular emphasis on the many small local businesses that play a vital role in Barcelona's economy and exemplify the city's entrepreneurial environment.
Professor Charles Skuba and Assistant Dean Monija Amani, from GU's McDonough School of Business, direct the program which is incredibly competitive due to its popularity.
ESADE is highly regarded throughout the world for its highly successful business programs, which have graduated many of Spain's most prominent leaders. The Wall Street Journal ranked ESADE as the top international business school in 2006 and 2007; and in 2010, The Financial Times placed it 10th on its overall list of the best business schools in the world.
Already, the class has had an opportunity to take in some of the Spanish culture. McKenzie visited sites from the 1992 Olympics, a now-defunct bullfighting ring as well as the Roman Catholic masterpiece La Sagrada Familia which is a church designed by Spanish artist Gaudi.
In her classes, she has visited the Lindt chocolate company, FC Barcelona as well as BCN Activa. The purpose is to show how these companies use principles learned in the business school on a global scale and in a different culture.
"I included a picture from FC Barcelona with the term `Mes Que un Club' written on the seats in their stadium," she said. "I liked that because it is their motto which means `More Than a Club' which is the same way I feel about our basketball team. We're more than a team, we're a family."
With a number of weeks to go, McKenzie will have the opportunity to continue to embrace Spanish culture and bring it back to the Hoyas next season.
McKenzie is not the first member of the women's basketball program to spend a summer abroad. Center Vanessa Moore (C'13) also studied in Barcelona during the summer before her senior season.