Lauren Redmond is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Australia
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I chose to study abroad because it gave me an opportunity to travel and fully experience a culture that I wouldn't have otherwise. I decided on the Australia program because of the freedom it allows when choosing courses to take and the amount of free time you get to explore outside of the classroom.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
Even though national language of Australia is English, it sometimes seemed like they had their own version of the language. One time I remember being told that a group meeting I had in a class was in the "Arvo." So when it came time to go to the meeting I searched everywhere for a building called "the arvo," only to find out that arvo is Australian slang for "afternoon." This made a very lasting impression on me.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
My overall study abroad experience was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I found a place that I will definitely go visit and hopefully live in someday, made lasting relationships with friends that I am now close to back home, and created memories that will be with me forever.
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 gave me the opportunity to be completely immersed in a culture. After I participated in the Spanish may short-term in Valladolid, Spain, I was left wanting more. The Australia program was longer than the rest of the programs offered but I still felt like I could've extended my stay.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
The advice I would give a CSB/SJU who is considering or planning to study abroad would be to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity and make it your own. You will meet some of the best people and see the most incredible things all while bettering your education through CSB/SJU.