Taryn DeWitt is quite the globe trekker. She’s been to Vietnam, Taiwan, France, Brazil, and twice to China. Every single one of those trips was through the University of Tulsa. First Taryn signed up for just about every faculty-led course abroad that was offered during her time at TU. Then she decided to go abroad for a whole semester to Beijing, China. “Studying abroad was a life changing experience. I am more mature, more grateful, and I have some pretty sweet stories to tell” – she says.
With these faculty-led programs, students spend time at TU learning about the course topic. Then the students go on a 1-2 week trip lead by the professor. This gives them the opportunity to experience the things they have been studying firsthand. “It is like having your own tour guide, showing you around a country and making sure you absorb everything you possibly can,” said Taryn. As an International Business and Chinese Studies major, she credits her experiences abroad with providing her a more global perspective.
Taryn now works for her family’s company, Frontier Produce. It is a food distribution company based in Tulsa. Although she is not jet setting across the world to make business deals just yet, she regularly interacts with customers and restaurant owners from all over the world. “I relate more to them because I also lived in a foreign land. We swap stories and they warm up to me better. Plus, our Chinese customers love when they put in an order and I can repeat everything in Chinese,” said Taryn.