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Stoan Stewart

M.S. in Global Commerce & M.S. in Global Strategic Management with a Certificate in International Business, 2017

B.A. in Business Administration – Supply Chain/Operations; International Studies – Global Sustainability & Development, North Carolina State University 2015

Now: Volvo Group, International Graduate Programme - Regional Logistics Engineer (Dublin, Virginia)

Hometown: Goldsboro, North Carolina (USA)

What did you enjoy most about the program?

The thing I enjoyed most about the program was the people surrounding it. I had the opportunity to meet different people from all over the world and really get the chance to know them. I learned so much from my classmates while also expanding my business knowledge inside and outside the classroom.

Most memorable class

I really enjoyed the doing business in the US/EU/China classes because it really gave me an insight into the major differences between these three regions. We were able to visit some amazing companies and get to learn more about culture, politics, and the way business is done.

Advice for future students

Be prepared to be as adaptable and flexible as possible. It's going to be a wild ride and if you can roll with the punches and take everything in stride, you're going to have an incredible experience you will be talking about for years to come.

What was your most memorable company visit?

I really enjoyed the opportunity to see the Honda manufacturing plant in China. My background is in supply chain, and it was incredible to see how efficient everything was and the processes that make Honda manufacturing elite. I know I will be taking some of that experience to my time at Volvo Group.

What was your favorite activity/event/memory in each location (Charlottesville, Guangzhou, Barcelona)?

Charlottesville: The study trip to Washington, D.C., was an incredible opportunity. It was even more fun because everyone was really getting to know each other and the cultural differences were just starting to become apparent.

Guangzhou: Seeing the Great Wall of China during my visit to Beijing to was absolutely breathtaking. The Great Wall lived up to the hype 100%, and it was an incredibly humbling experience.

Barcelona: The Calcotada was amazing! I have wanted to do it for so long and it felt like I was in a Anthony Bourdain episode.

Working with people from different cultures

The world is getting smaller and smaller, and it is incredibly important to be able to work with people from different cultures. There are clear differences between cultures--that part is obvious. The most important part is to be able to find those similarities and use them to your advantage. I've been able to do that plenty of times with the endless group projects we have had throughout the year.