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Kimberly Ficker

Kimberly Ficker is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London

Major:  Global Business Leadership

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

Studying abroad was the biggest reason I chose to attend CSB. I knew going abroad would be the best experience I could get out of any college. I chose the London program for the international internship experience, and because I wanted to be in Europe for the ease of being able to see other countries while I was over there.

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

Interning at the NSPCC, the largest children's charity in the UK, made the biggest lasting impression on me by far. I learned how to work in a different culture, learned how to combat the different humor that brits seem to have, and got to talk to many locals who were a part of the NSPCC's events

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

My overall experience was one that will stay with me forever. The first thing I did after returning home was print off 1,400 pictures and buy 4 albums to display them in. I have made lifelong friends through this experience and through my internship. I now even have a place to stay in London when I go back, with people from my internship. I never knew getting lost in over 11 different countries could be so beneficial, thrilling, exciting, and scary all at the same time. I had the best four months of my life and long for the day I will be able to be back in South Kensington again.

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?

Benefits: lifelong friends, interview topic for future job, broadened mindset of the world, get out of the american bubble.
Personal: I am not afraid to hop on a plane and go travel to a new place. In fact, I cannot wait for the day I will be able to do that on a regular basis. Way more independence.
Academic: Global internship experience, classes with other students around the US.
Professional: Bigger picture of the world and other ethnicities, set yourself apart from others in your job field.

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

Research where you are going and other places you think you want to visit. It will save you time when actually over there. Pack light, you will end up buying lots of stuff. Do not worry about the money. Yes, we all know it is expensive, but just go. You have to just go, and the money will work itself out.

Questions?

Do you have questions about studying abroad in London or want access to her personal blog? Email Kimberly at kmficker@csbsju.edu