Wharton '21 Sardar Asfandyar Cheema

PGS: Travel to the Czech Republic
GRIP: Intern in Mexico

Program Abroad:

  • Penn Global Seminars (PGS): Prague: The Making of a Nation, Travel to the Czech Republic

  • Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP): Ashoka Intern in Mexico City, Mexico

Ask me about...

  • Living in a Spanish-speaking community with no knowledge of the language

  • Traveling trips (13 flights in 3 months--I'm an expert now)

  • How to gel in with locals

  • Exploring new cities as a photographer

My Experience Abroad:

Working at Ashoka made me rethink what courses I want to take to complete my major/degree requirements at Penn. I want to make sure I'm flexible enough that I can work both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. While there are no rigid requirements for the latter, interning at a firm that focuses on social entrepreneurship made me realize that I could potentially end up working in a similar field. For that reason, I am now focusing on taking more classes in entrepreneurship and management, both of which were not on my radar before I interned in Mexico.

Other Highlights:

  • Traveling around Mexico City as a local rather than a tourist

  • Eating 3 conchas (super DELICIOUS Mexican bread with powdered sugar on top) every day for 2 months straight

  • Visiting the BREATHTAKINGLY beautiful and STUNNING sites both in and around Prague

  • Getting lost in Prague on a daily basis and exploring niche spots rather than touristy places

On the Penn Abroad Blog:

Ashoka: Driven by Passion

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