John Girgen

John Girgen is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London

Major: Biology


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

I always knew I wanted to study abroad once I started school at csbsju, and with so many options it was hard to choose which program I wanted to join. I chose the London program because, London has so much history, cultural differences, and an internship opportunity.

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

The best cultural experience I had on my program, would have to be my midterm internship. Half way through my semester abroad I began an internship at Vauxhall city farm, where I got to work hands on with people from all over the city of London and lots of wonderful animals too. I won’t ever forget the people I met and how amazing they made my time abroad.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

My overall study abroad experience was Amazing! It was incredible every step of the way. Every day I woke up and experienced something different, whether it was seeing a new place, meeting someone new, or tasting some delicious food. My experience wouldn't have been the same if it wasn't for all the new friendships I formed with my fellow classmates and teachers. My time abroad was life changing, and I would be more than happy to experience it all over again.

 ased 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?

While studying abroad you learn a lot both academically and personally. You get to experience the class room in a completely different way than before, in my case, class could have differed from visiting a beautiful English garden to going to a concert and hear traditional Celtic music. The opportunities are endless. You also find out a lot about yourself while abroad. You learn to appreciate yourself more and feel proud for where you are and what it took to get yourself there. You also gain the true meaning of independence while your away from home and after it’s all done you walk away a new person who is ready to take on anything and eager to see what the future holds.

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

Stay open minded and curious. Get out there and try new things, explore and make the most out of your time. Always make good choices and have fun!