Julie Oakes

Julia is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London
Major: Psychology

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

I chose to study abroad to get out of my comfort zone. I wanted to experience new things that I have never experienced before. I chose to study in London because I wanted to experience all of the different cultures and the different ways of life that people have in London. London was also my top choice because I wanted to study in Europe so I could travel. Needless to say, now that I am home I can not wait to return to London and Europe.

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

London is such a diverse city which made my study abroad experience so interesting. Whenever I would be walking down the street anywhere in London I would hear people talking in many different languages. I loved this aspect of London because there was different cultures visible everywhere. I loved exploring the different parts of London and seeing such a diverse population of people.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

My overall experience abroad was incredible. I learned and experienced more things than I ever could have imagined. I saw so many places that I thought I would never see in my life and I met some lifelong friends. Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.

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 learned a lot from being abroad especially many life lessons. I learned if you need help with something just to ask. I learned that getting lost is an adventure and that you are technically "never lost" you can always find your way. I learned to have patients with anyone and everyone. I learned that traveling is stressful but to just live in the moment and appreciate the stress of some situations. London helped me to grow up and be a more independent person. 

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

Have no regrets, be patient, be open to trying and experiencing new things. Explore and travel as much as you can. Don't be afraid of getting lost and have the time of your life.

Questions?

Do you have questions about studying abroad in London? Email Julie at jaoakes@csbsju.edu