Bridget is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London
Major: Art and English
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
Ever since I was little, I've been fascinated with cities. I chose to study abroad in London to experience the excitement of living in a city for the first time. I also chose the London program because it included an internship. I plan to go into a career in the arts, and I knew having experience interning in that in one of the biggest cities in the world would not only look great on a resume, but would help me experience what it's like working in the arts. London seemed like the best program for me as an artist.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
While a group of us were on a train to Wales for a weekend excursion, about six of us ended up sitting next to a particularly chatty British woman. We ended up having a really interesting conversation with her. She told us about her life as an acupuncturist, and her travels around the world. We engaged in discussions about Brexit and American politics. After an hour or so, she offered us wine because she happened to have plastic wine glasses with her. I couldn't believe I was discussing politics and drinking wine with a British woman on a train going through the Welsh countryside. It was a really unique experience!
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
I had the most amazing time of my life. Though I traveled around quite a bit, I always found myself wanting to go "home" to London. My CSBSJU group became my family. I wouldn't trade the experience for anything!
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?
My academic goals were to experience and learn about the arts in a place filled with history and creativity. I went on a trip where I toured the town where Shakespeare was born and lived in, which was really interesting because we got to see the actual house he was born in, his grave, and the church he worshipped at. In London, I got to see a show in the Globe Theatre. I went to many art museums in London and other places, and got to see in person some of the most famous artwork in the world.
My internship was at a small art gallery. I really enjoyed this opportunity to experience what it is like working in the art world within a artsy and creative city.
Studying abroad made me much more adaptable to a changing environment. I have always been an anxious person, but made it my goal to be as spontaneous as possible during my semester abroad. I jumped off cliffs, went on a 36 hour trip to Scotland, and learned to be confident navigating the city completely on my own. Studying abroad made me realize how many amazing things there are to see and experience.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
London is an amazing place to study abroad. So many famous things are in this city and have happened in this city. It has so much to offer, especially if you are interested in the arts! This is an opportunity that you will likely never have again. If you are interested in studying abroad, do it! You will learn and grow so much!