Precious is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London
Major: Global Business
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
As a first generation student that had previously never been out of the country, I decided that a semester study abroad program would be an amazing first experience! In addition to academics, I knew I wanted to complete an internship while abroad as well. The London program has a 7 week internship aspect built into the required curriculum. That's when I knew London would be perfect for me!
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
While in London, I realized how aware Londoners are about the world around them. From politics to social movements, London's news outlets covered it all! As an American, I realize that we sometimes forget to learn about and pay attention to other parts of the world. We're good at paying attention to world crisis, but not so good at paying attention the wonderful everyday lives of the rich cultures abroad!
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
My experience internship in London was absolutely amazing. Not only did I work in the office, but also had to opportunity to explore new parts of London every weekend as we hosted various events. Had it not been for my internship, I would have missed out on so many amazing, non-tourist parts of London.
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?
By studying abroad, you get an opportunity to observe and reflect on America from a non-American view point. I had so many amazing opportunities to discuss American politics, culture, and social movements with the British. Engaging in meaningful dialogue has made me a more open minded person in regards to the things around me that I may disagree with. This will help me as I began to explore the "real" world after graduation. Being able to discuss topics and understand multiple perspectives will definitely be an advantage in the world of business and politics!
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Do it. This is a once in a life time opportunity to really get out of your comfort zone and experience a new culture for several months. There are no parents or faculty to hold your hand and walk you through it. Studying abroad is an experience filled with trial and error, ups and downs, good days and bad ones. But in the end, you proudly make it through and come home with an entirely new sense of self.