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 CSBSJU 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.