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Annie Hsieh
After studying abroad, I realized I wanted to work in foods.

Profile: Annie Hsieh

Undergraduate Student

Study abroad trips often open doors and opportunities for students, and Annie Hsieh’s experience has been no different. Annie, an agricultural and consumer economics major, has studied abroad in France, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. She visited multiple food companies to learn about international food systems and talk to managers firsthand. She has also done internships while abroad.

“On my study abroad to France, we learned a lot about wine,” Annie says. “We learned how to grow grapes and make wine. On my second trip, with the International Business Immersion Program [IBIP], we saw factories firsthand in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. We experienced the cultures of those countries, and they have led me to want to work in an international food company.”

“Originally I thought that normal business-type jobs were for me,” Annie says. “After studying abroad, I realized I wanted to work in foods. Studying abroad was a wild, eye-opening experience, getting to see how national and international companies work.”

The IBIP trip required a bit of convincing for Annie’s parents, who were concerned with safety. After talking with staff in the ACES study abroad office, though, they concluded the IBIP trip would be both safe and enjoyable.

“My parents realized that everything was going to be okay, and I was going to have fun,” Annie says. “We did some background research, and the university provided us with many resources that gave my parents a good overview of IBIP. We also talked to other students who had done it before.”

Annie enjoyed IBIP so much that she hopes to do the immersion program a second time, traveling to a different locale. She encourages other students to study abroad and advises them to “really embrace the culture and try everything you have yet to try. Enjoy the experience.”