Andrew is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Cork
Minor: Computer Science
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I decided to go to Cork based on countless recommendations from other students and the freedom you got from this program.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
I participated in the Kayak club on campus and was able to go on different kayaking trips with the group. I learned how much more laid back they are as a culture and how much more social they are going to different restaurants and various events.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
I had a great experience abroad. I felt I found a good balance of bonding with our CSB/SJU group, our roommates, and other Irish students. I spent a majority of my time in Ireland, but was able to take a few trips especially in the end and on spring break.
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?
It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to go abroad and live in a different culture. You will get that chance to be more independent than you have ever been and learn new skills that will hopefully help me succeed in real life. It helps teach you to connect with people from different backgrounds which is a valuable skill personally and professionally. You also get to experience a different academic system than you are used to.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Bring less stuff, get involved or else you could get bored, and of course join the kayak club.