The biggest regret of my life is that I didn’t study abroad during my undergraduate years at the University of Florida. I realize now how much I missed out on an incredible opportunity during that time of my life. I’ve always told myself that I would somehow redeem that. When I was researching MBA programs, I paid particular attention to the international opportunities that were offered. Loyola University Chicago blew me away with a presentation about Professor Clifford Shultz’ annual trips to Southeast Asia, and that’s what hooked me.

On Monday, I’ll begin the experience that will be my way of saying, “Take that, Regret.” I will board a plane at noon and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on January 1 at 10:40 p.m. This trip hasn’t even begun, and yet I can already tell that it will be the journey of a lifetime.

I’ll always still have that regret for not going abroad while at UF, but at least I’m taking steps to partly make up for that. And who knows? I’ve been thinking of doing one more study abroad class before I graduate with my MBA. I wonder where it will take me.


Follow our class as we travel to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand: