Lauren 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?
I decided to study abroad because I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone, as well as gain more travel and international experience. I chose London due to the unique internship experience and the diversity the city has to offer!
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
A cultural experience that I had on this program that made a lasting impression would be seeing the royals for the first time. It is something I had dreamt about experiencing and seeing them so close to me was surreal.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
My overall abroad experience was life-changing. This experience allows for a lot of personal and professional growth that is applicable to all aspects of life. Having classes with the same 28 CSB/SJU students gave me the opportunity to get to know each and every one of them and rely on them over the course of the 4 months. In addition to this, my internship experience was beneficial. It helped me to fully immerse myself in a new culture and gain insight into the global experience I was looking for as a Global Business major.
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?
During my studies and internship in London, I gained an abundance of skills and friends that will last me a lifetime. Through this experience, I was pushed out of my comfort zone, dealt with several unplanned incidents and had to learn how to adapt to a whole new culture.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Do not let your fears overcome you. Prior to leaving for my trip, I was fearing all of the unknowns I was going to experience. However, I learned to embrace this ambiguity and learn from it.