This post is by guest blogger Mark Weber. Weber is Marketing Professor and Director of International Business in the School of Management at Nazareth College.
Annemarie Tiburzi stands atop the tall citadel that surrounds Toledo. Rolling hills lap against distant mountains. A gentle wind ripples toward the walls and its famous cathedral. Perhaps the breeze is turning an ancient windmill. She imagines Don Quixote charging the monster, stabbing its propeller with his lance. This magic of beauty, legend and history is regularly repeated in Annemarie’s new home, Spain.
This Class of 2011 Nazareth College School of Management graduate from the Buffalo suburbs majored in International Business and studied for a semester abroad in Valencia, Spain. With the rapidly growing American Hispanic population and robust South American economy, learning Spanish was a wise choice. “I really loved the Spain Program at Nazareth College. Valencia is right on the Med. The school provided everything: housing in a huge building filled with other Spanish students, three meals-per day, and a program manager that provided wonderful support. We were close to the beaches and a lively city centre.”
Outside the classroom the culture offered color and energy. “Experiencing the cultural festivities were also incredible memories. Spain has wonderful fiestas.” There was ample time for travel in Spain and throughout Europe. High-speed trains connect Valencia with the colorful Barcelona architecture, historic Granada, and the magic of Seville. According to Annemarie, “The friends I made during this time have become my best friends. In my building Rutgers University study abroad program was also living there and I met girls who I travelled with, and shared wonderful bonding experiences.”
While studying abroad, Annemarie worked as an intern at a local marketing firm in Valencia. “Working in an office in Spain was interesting. The atmosphere was very flexible. There were absolutely no deadlines or strict guidelines. Time is less intense. The relaxed atmosphere was an adjustment because it required more self-discipline to set my own pace and achieve my goals.”
After graduating from Nazareth, Annemarie returned to Spain. Undeterred by the country’s severe economic problems, she found a position teaching English. “I was working with executives in their offices throughout Madrid giving both private and group English classes.” Annemarie established a great business network which led to a bilingual public school in Madrid as a language assistant to the English and Science teacher. As the economy recovers her opportunities will grow.
“My International Business major at Nazareth College was helpful to bringing me to my current situation in many ways. Aside from having a 4-year degree, which enabled me to apply my education to several jobs, the major helped me create the path I am following. If studying abroad had not been required, I might have missed out on traveling Europe, learning Spanish, and ultimately living and working in Spain.” Recently, a prestigious U.S. marketing firm told Annemarie that her marketing internship in Spain sparked there interest.
“I ended up turning the position down in order to return to Spain.”
The spires of the Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo climb above the countryside like a jagged and gleaming jewel. Another sightseeing day ends. An hour train whisks her to friends, a special love, and the excitement of Madrid. There were no Quixote sightings in Toledo. It does not matter. Annemarie Tiburzi is not chasing windmills. She discovered her dreams in Spain.
Are you interested in engaging in the fast-paced and exhilarating global business trade? Stop by to discuss a major or minor in International Business. Let’s review some exciting study abroad options. The world awaits you!
Mark F. Weber
Marketing Professor & Director of International Business
School of Management
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Annemarie Tiburzi’s quest continues with romance along her Spanish journey. Boyfriend, Jose, and Annemarie celebrated Pareja de Hecho in Madrid on November 13, 2013. This is the Spanish version of a civil union or common law marriage. Pareja de Hecho not only officially joins two lovers, but it is big step for Annemarie to establish residency in Spain. Where did they celebrate their Luna de Miel, or honeymoon? Of course . . . Valencia, where the Spanish Quest began.
You never know the ultimate destination of a study abroad. Isn’t it time for us to discuss your quest?