Honors Student Going Places In UMKC… and China

“The Honors College is all about diversifying yourself and collecting new experiences,” says Honors College student Emily McIntyre, who is majoring in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

McIntyre recently returned to UMKC from a trip to China with the UMKC Enactus team as part of the organization’s China Project, aimed at building and continuing relationships between Kansas City and China. Along with five other UMKC Enactus students, she had the opportunity to travel to China and present to students of Chinese universities about the culture of Kansas City, UMKC, and the business practices of organizations in Kansas City. She also had the opportunity to talk with several students about art, medicine, her opinions on social issues and more. “They were interested in you and your experiences and just wanted to have an honest conversation,” McIntyre explained.

Although results from the project are still forthcoming, McIntyre’s involvement in the China Project this year helped oversee the creation of several new agreements between Kansas City and China including the development of an exchange program with the UMKC School of Medicine and several exchange programs with the Bloch School.

McIntyre always wanted to travel to another country and going to China allowed her to experience a brand new culture unlike anything she is accustomed to. For her, one of the greatest opportunities was being able to exchange ideas and thoughts with new people. James McKusick, dean of the Honors College, also visited China with the Enactus team and talked with McIntyre. “It also helped that Dean Jim was on the trip, so I had opportunities to discuss with him the benefits of travel from an educational standpoint, as well as a personal one,” said McIntyre.

McIntyre credits the Honors College for her preparation for the trip: “My experience in the Honors College, especially with Honors Colloquium, helped broaden my viewpoints and helped me be more accepting of other cultures.”