Christine is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I chose to study abroad because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and have new experiences around the world. It was an amazing opportunity to travel, meet different people and see some of the most amazing places in the world. I chose London because I wanted the chance to be in a big city, take part in the British culture and travel throughout Europe!
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
We lived in South Kensington right down the street from Kensington Palace and Hyde Park. One day we were playing soccer up in the park with the place in the background when we saw these guys walking around looking for bombs. So one of the boys went over and asked them what they were doing, apparently they were checking the area for bombs and such because the Queen was visiting the palace that afternoon. We immediately went back to our apartment to shower and change because you can't see the Queen when looking dirty. Once we got back we were able to stand across from the palace and watch the Queen and Prince Philip get out and walk into the palace. It was pretty amazing to see someone who plays such a big role in British culture, life and history in person!
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
I absolutely LOVED my study abroad experience. It allowed me to challenge myself to live in a city and create a life in one of busiest and most amazing cities in the world. I learned to get outside of my comfort zone by simply taking to tube to various points around the city and exploring. It broadened my perspectives and made me want to know what's going on in other parts of the world. Not only will study abroad change the way you see the world, but it will change the way you see yourself.
Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?
Studying abroad was a great experience in many ways. It taught me to be more independent and to read and learn about world issues. As an education major it was really cool to be in the country of so many great authors such as Jane Austen and Shakespeare. Overall, study abroad has changed the way that I view myself, the world around me and our own American culture.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
My advice is simple, think about which country offers you the most educationally and culturally or one that just plain intrigues you! Then jump right in and make the choice!
Do you have questions about studying abroad in London? Email Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org