Nathan is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London
Major: Global Business Leadership
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
The first reason why I decided to study abroad in London was because of the wide variety of people. I am from a small town in Minnesota where it is not diverse, so I wanted to be in a place where I could learn and experience a wide variety of races and cultures. The second reason why I wanted to go to London was because I could take part in an internship. I thought this would be a great way to see London and learn about it through people that have lived there. Finally, I love sports and London is known for their great sports venues and crazy fans.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
For my internship, I worked at the London Wetland Centre. I worked with the grounds crew and marketing department. Overall, it was so fun to experience a different work environment. I felt though work was still done on time,people are less stressed and willing to meet one another compared to the U.S. Also, I got to see the south side of London when traveling to work and learn more about London from my co-workers who have lived there.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
Overall, the classes I took abroad were valuable. I had four classes with four professors from England, Wales and CSBSJU. We did many great activities outside the classroom to help us see what London truly is about.
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 opened my eyes to how connected the world really is to one another. It was amazing how many different people I met from different countries throughout my travels. It was very rewarding to live and work in a different culture and compare/contrast it to life back in the United States.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
My best piece of advice would be to not get caught up in all the emotions and worries you have about abroad. You have four months to learn, have fun and meet new people around the world that you might never be able to do again. So whatever you want to do or see, go for it even if its stressful to plan.