Elizabeth Carrizal '19
Program: China Fall Semester
Major: Global Business Leadership
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I wanted to learn about the culture, the country and most importantly how to business in China! Since all my friends wanted to study in Europe, I decided to do something different and pursue the China program. China's fast-paced economy has always amazed me! I also wanted to get out of my comfort zone and embrace a new culture with new people.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
During my study abroad, I experienced the Chinese education system and how focused the kids were! We took an experiential learning trip to a small province in China for a weekend and got to teach elementary kids English! I will always remember this because the kids were so enthusiastic and ready to learn! They taught me a bit of Chinese and I taught them how to read and write specific English words :)
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
Overall, I had a great time studying abroad in China because I got to experience a new culture, try new foods and be fearless when visiting places where I didn't know the language. I enjoyed every second of it, from getting lost to embracing the small landscapes we visited. China taught me to expand my horizons and be curious about the world which molded me into an open-minded individual and gave me so many new friends!
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?
Spending a semester abroad teaches you so much, especially in a country where the people are always moving and heading somewhere! Personally, I learned how to be more independent by asking and maneuvering my way through China by having patience and learning Chinese as a necessity. Academically, I learned how to start a business in China and hopefully return one day to accomplish this goal. I also got to learn a lot about businesses in China and how they work. I gained a lot of friendships and experiences that make me miss China and it's genuine people!
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
I would tell someone considering the China Program to get out of your comfort zone and to not be scared to go to a country where you don’t know the language. China is definitely a country that keeps growing and the country will amaze you in so many ways. Embracing a new culture and being fearless are definitely worth the study abroad experience at CSB/SJU.