Colby, a 2019 trip participant
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Student Spotlight – Colby

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What’s better than hearing from KinoSol about our international trips? Hearing from our students! Here is our fifth student spotlight featuring Colby! He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in marketing and entrepreneurship. Colby is here today to share a few takeaways from his time in Uganda in 2019!

Do you have any future career plans?

I recently started my own long-distance rideshare company called Hikre.  I plan to look for jobs out west while continuing to build my business.  

Why did you want to come on this trip?

I always wanted to go to Africa, I wanted to gain a new perspective.  My grandfather used to travel to Africa frequently, he brought back exotic tales & interesting artifacts. As a boy, I told myself that one day I would go.  Also, the fact that Professor Bhattacharyya os the professor sponsoring the trip was the last bit of convincing that I needed to go.  Among others, I have a lot of respect Professor Bhattacharyya, when he does something big (like represent the Uganda trip), I pay attention.  

What was one of your favorite memories from the trip?

Colby admiring the view from Crater Lake

Getting to see the beautiful Ugandan countryside and being fortunate enough to learn from interesting locals.

What is one of the most “African” thing you saw, experienced, or heard?

Elephants!

What lessons did you learn while on this trip?

Often when you get out of your comfort zone, you learn the most. I learned to be even more comfortable out of my element. 

Any advice for future students that travel with KinoSol?

Colby and Josh learning how to shop at the local market
Colby and Josh learning how to shop at the local market

Uganda was very eye-opening, sometimes we forget how lucky we are to live in such a free country.  It’s good for us to experience something quite new & different. Don’t be afraid to get out there and interact with the locals. Every interaction is a learning experience for both sides.  You represent ISU and the USA so be on your best behavior. Take lots of photos and *bring a good power bank*. Don’t buy an international cell plan unless it is extremely important; enjoy your lack of connectivity.  Post your photos when you get home and don’t expect wifi.  

How has your view on entrepreneurship and business been impacted by your time in Uganda? 

I am now more aware of how different and difficult it can be for entrepreneurs elsewhere due to social norms and corrupt governments. 

Has this trip impacted your future career goals? If so, how?

Not really, however, if I am ever fortunate enough to consider investing abroad, I would most definitely consider working to increase Uganda’s coffee production.  The country has tremendous potential.  

Any closing statements? 

I am very happy I decided to go on the trip, I learned a lot. 

Colby’s willingness to learn and engage with the local communities made the trip very memorable. Thank you, Colby, for being a part of our adventure, and for sharing in this student spotlight! If you want to hear more about Colby’s time in-country, check out this blog post! Likewise, if you want to find out more about traveling with KinoSol, contact us! And don’t forget to tune in next week to read our newest post!

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