Enjoy Fun and Sun in Cuba: A Look at the Emerging Tourism Hot Spot

The skyline of Havana, Cuba’s capital city, the gateway to visiting the island. Many tourism professionals believe that Cuba will again be one of the leading international destinations for Americans. Photo from Pixabay.

The skyline of Havana, Cuba’s capital city, the gateway to visiting the island. Many tourism professionals believe that Cuba will again be one of the leading international destinations for Americans. Photo from Pixabay.

Want to enjoy a tropical paradise at a low cost? Consider Cuba. For nearly 60 years, Americans have been unable to visit the Caribbean island only 90 miles from Florida due to an embargo that grew out of Cold War tensions with the Fidel Castro regime. Under President Barack Obama, improved relations with the former adversary are making Cuba an up-and-coming tourist destination.

Cuba commands the curiosity of millions of Americans. What is life like on the island of 11 million people that has been off-limits for more than a half century? What is it like to explore the centuries-old Spanish fortresses, sandy beaches and iconic downtowns of the Havana area?

Thanks to improving relations between the U.S. and Cuba under the leadership of the Obama Administration, visiting the tropical island that is only 90 miles from Florida at its closest point is now a real winter or spring break option. It also means that the population, which subsists on an average personal salary of $20 per month, can benefit through Western tourism dollars and the expansion of the hospitality, food services, transportation, communications and retail industries.

Best of all for tourists, it is a low-cost way to explore the Caribbean. According to Budget Your Trip, visitors can expect to spend about $45 per day on the island, including hotel accommodations averaging $24.62 per night. While some restrictions remain, Americans can go independently if they maintain that their trip is for educational purposes.

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Ignite Your Career with Cal State Fullerton’s Latino Business Student Association

The Cal State Fullerton chapter of the Latino Business Student Association seeks to enlist new members in their quest to prepare today’s students for versatile careers.

The Cal State Fullerton chapter of the Latino Business Student Association seeks to enlist new members in their quest to prepare today’s students for versatile careers.

The Latino Business Student Association (LBSA) seeks to equip the next generation of business leaders through professional development, networking and community involvement. President Berenice Guillen ’18 (finance) discusses the club’s activities and how you can get involved.

September 15 marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors the nation’s estimated 56.9 million Hispanic and Latino residents, the nation’s largest ethnic minority. By 2060, one-third of all Americans are expected to identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino. The Latino population has a major impact on the nation’s economy, with $500 billion in economic activity every year due to Latino-owned businesses. Latinos are 1.5 times more likely than the broader population to become entrepreneurs.

Cal State Fullerton’s Latino Business Student Association (LBSA) seeks to connect students with career opportunities through networking with the local business community, fostering professional development and making a positive impact through service activities. While focused on the campus Latino business student population, the club is open to students of all ethnicities and all majors.

“Our goal is to develop diverse leaders who conscientiously care about the community and the triple bottom line, which encompasses the social, environmental and financial aspects of life” says LBSA President Berenice Guillen ’18 (finance). “We are dedicated to networking, community involvement, leadership development and diversity.”

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Book Club Expands Student Knowledge of Economics

Reading extracurricular books on economics topics is one of the best things students can do to have the knowledge necessary for career success. The new Economics Book Club provides a forum for discussion on stimulating business-related titles. Photo from Pixabay.

Reading extracurricular books on economics topics is one of the best things students can do to have the knowledge necessary for career success. The new Economics Book Club provides a forum for discussion on stimulating business-related titles. Photo from Pixabay.

From monetary policy to stock market performance, economic forces play a pivotal role in our financial reality. The Department of Economics has started the Economics Book Club this semester to engage students with the knowledge they need to succeed.

Economics may be the lifeblood of the business world, yet deciphering the trends that are transforming the world can be daunting. Mihaylo’s Department of Economics has started the Economics Book Club this semester to provide a forum for students to explore and discuss the latest books on business-related topics.

“I select books that are both accessible and fun to read yet look at economics in a rigorous way,” says Nick Huntington-Klein, assistant professor of economics, who is leading the club. “If it’s not fun to read, nobody wants to study it on top of their coursework. But if it’s not rigorous, there won’t be enough to chew on that will be interesting to talk about with others.”

Assistant Professor of Economics Nick Huntington-Klein hopes the Economics Book Club will help students appreciate the economics behind every aspect of modern life.

Assistant Professor of Economics Nick Huntington-Klein hopes the Economics Book Club will help students appreciate the economics behind every aspect of modern life.

The first meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. in SGMH 3333, will discuss the first two chapters of The Supermodel and the Brillo Box, which explores the impact of the Great Recession on the art market and the financial forces transforming fine arts. Students may check out the book at the front desk of the Department of Economics at SGMH 3313 to be ready for the discussion. While focused on economics topics, the club is open to all majors.

Huntington-Klein says future book titles the club will read may include The New Geography of JobsBad Paper, Phishing for Phools and The Cost Disease.

“I am hoping that students get a chance to engage with topics on a deeper level than they can in class,” he says. “Working through a complex argument, as presented in a book, is a great way to get more familiar with economic reasoning and is a good way to learn more about both economics and the various topics discussed.”

For more information or to RSVP for the first meeting, contact Huntington-Klein at nhuntington-klein@fullerton.edu.

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Expand Your Skills With Free Lynda.com Courses

Want to take great nature pictures? Try the courses on Lynda.com, available free to all Cal State Fullerton students. Besides photography, course subjects include audio/video, web development, business, marketing and communication topics. Photo from Pixabay.

Want to take great nature pictures? Try the courses on Lynda.com, available free to all Cal State Fullerton students. Besides photography, course subjects include audio/video, web development, business, marketing and communication topics. Photo from Pixabay.

Did you know that thousands of career-focused online tutorials are available to Cal State Fullerton students for free on the university’s online portal? It’s all thanks to university funding to provide Lynda.com, one of the world’s largest education providers, to the campus community. Here are some things not to miss when exploring your free access.

From how to use WordPress to boning up on your photography skills, Lynda.com provides the resources to master the technical and vocational skills needed to succeed in today’s job market.

Best of all, it is completely free. Just log in to your Titan portal and click on the Lynda.com Online Training icon. Then, search through the Lynda.com library to explore courses in music, business, design, marketing, photography and videography, and information technology.

Leveraging Lynda.com

You are spending hours every day on your business courses, so how could you ever find the time to enhance your knowledge with online tutorials?

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Five Tips to Help Freshmen Succeed in Business School

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Thousands of freshmen are experiencing university life for the first time at Cal State Fullerton this fall. Succeeding as an undergraduate can set the course for a rewarding career. Photo by Remington Graham.

More than 4,000 freshmen are embarking on their higher education journey at Cal State Fullerton this fall. Hundreds of these new students are business majors. Sophomore Laila Dadabhoy ’19 (finance) shares five tips on how her new peers can thrive.

“Now that you don’t have to be perfect; you can be good.” Those are the words of author John Steinbeck and the favorite quote of Mihaylo finance sophomore Laila Dadabhoy ’19, who is also a data analytics and marketing student assistant at Mihaylo College and chief communications officer for Associated Students Inc. (ASI).

Dadabhoy says the following tips have helped her succeed in her college experience.

  1. Write everything down.

“Your calendar is your best friend,” says Dadabhoy. Utilizing a digital or print time-management system can make juggling classes, work and extracurricular activities much easier. But the importance of writing doesn’t end there. Of course, take notes of what your professors and guest lecturers say, but even keep notes of the academic and career advice you hear on campus. Writing down facts helps improve retention and ensures a ready reference for the future.

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