The dawn of 2012 brings to the University of Virginia a new January Term, an intensive two-week academic session that includes courses taught both on Grounds and internationally. One of the study-abroad options is “System Case Studies,” a joint offering of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the McIntire School of Commerce. Led by engineering professor Reid Bailey and commerce professor Ryan Nelson, two dozen students venture to Mendoza, Argentina to work on consulting projects at two local wineries. Part of the class assignment is to write daily journal entries, which the UVA Today News Blog will post as they come in. To see all the posts from Argentina, click here.
By Sarah Andrekovich and Billy Kirk
January 9, 2012 — Today we started the morning with a forecast of 102 degrees F, fully recovered and calmed from the spa.
We had a chance to present our work from the past week to our clients at both of the wineries, which made for a dynamic day. Although client interaction was minimal today, it certainly jump-started our motivation to finish the projects. It was an energizing start to the second week, and by the end of our time at the wineries, we were all ready to enjoy as much of our afternoons as possible.
More this day than the rest, our group took advantage of the afternoon siesta by sunbathing, exploring the city, or napping for two straight hours. Nine boys even decided to explore their way into a nearby McDonalds. They somehow found ways to spend nearly 55 pesos each ($12 U.S.) on Big Macs, nuggets and fries; definitely a cultural highlight.
Following the break, it was back to the grind to finish off “Moving Day 2.” Thankfully, everyone seems to be on target with the projects, and the teams are wrapping up working drafts of their reports. In general, the teams are feeling prepared to move forth into final client questions before deliverables and presentations later in the week.
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