Kaylie is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London
Major: Biology and Peace Studies
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I have always been interested in learning more about and spending time living in other countries. For me, studying abroad in London was the perfect choice since England is still an English speaking country but London is very diverse city and filled with all sorts of cultures. The courses offered in London also aligned well with my four year plan and the internship was a major selling point.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
Interning in a London office really made a lasting impression on me. I was spending my day with British people and it was the time I learned the most about British culture. I remember one of the days my second week of my internship where it was raining and all of us in the office were chatting about the weather over our cup of tea and talking about the play The Lion King I had recently seen and their thoughts on the performance and where in the city the theater was. This combination of things really made me feel as though I was part of the group of Londoners I met which was a really great feeling.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
Studying abroad in London allowed me to learn a great deal about myself and through the internship I was able to gain a more focused idea of what I would be interested in doing in the future. London is an amazing cultural center of the world, you can meet people from across the globe, eat any type of food you are interested in, see famous theatrical productions and perhaps even see the royal family. My internship was an incredible experience where I grew many of my professional skills. And overall as a location, London is an amazing location to explore other parts of the UK or Europe.
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?
Going abroad has benefited me in so many ways. I am confident in my problem solving skills as well as resourcefulness. Additionally I have increased my awareness and openness to all sorts of cultures. Academically I have truly started to value what it means to have a liberal arts education. Interning in an NGO abroad has helped me discover my professional interest in public health and community well-being. Overall, going abroad has benefited me tremendously, learning both about myself and about cultures around the world. Any experience abroad opens your eyes to the common humanity shared by people across the globe.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Do it. Studying or interning abroad might sound overwhelming but it is one of the most amazing experiences you can have. Make sure to read up a bit on the country or culture you are going to and remember to have an open mind. Going abroad will not be an experience you regret!