Grant Anderla

Grant is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London

Major: Political Science

Minor: Philosophy

Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?

I decided to study abroad in London for a number of reasons. Primarily, the internship opportunity was important to my development as a student. Although London is an English speaking city, it is culturally diverse and extremely valuable as an international student. The U.K. has an excellent relationship with the US and understanding it by studying in the U.K. is helpful to being a better citizen. It also was a place where I could easily travel from and be comfortable at the end of the day. 

Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.

In London, one of the most significant cultural experiences was the union of people from many different cultures following the attack on Westminster Bridge and at Parliament. I was at work that day and remember the incredible response from the city and the government. 

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

It was excellent. I recommend it to anyone and I believe that no matter where you go, you should take an opportunity to study abroad. I learned more than I ever expected, particularly about myself, and made lasting friendships within my CSBSJU community and the London community. I got opportunities to travel, see history in a different way, and explore culture like I never have.

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?

I will focus here on my professional and personal development. It is inevitable that you will benefit academically from spending time in the classroom and in a new environment. However, the personal struggles and opportunities for growth are unexpected and the internship gave me a very different outlook on professionalism and wrk relationships based on my experience in London. There is no experience quite like it from the perspective of a college student.

What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?

Do it. Unless you cannot because of a very tight schedule (nurses, pre med, etc.) go to anywhere. Learn about a different place and different cultures. It is also an incredible way to impress future jobs on your resume. You will greatly benefit from the experience even if you only do a short program on the summer.