Marisa is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London
Major: Global Business Leadership and Economics
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I chose to study abroad because I have always wanted to experience other cultures. I think the best way to experience other cultures is to fully immerse yourself in the customs and lifestyle of the culture.
I chose the London program specifically because of the exciting city life and for the internship aspect. Having the opportunity to intern abroad is a very rare and unique experience, so I think it will really set me apart while applying for jobs or graduate school in the future.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
While in London, I loved the cultural experiences that my internship gave me. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working closely with people who have lived in London their whole lives. We always had interesting conversations about differences and similarities between growing up in the United States and England.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I ever made. I have made amazing friends and memories that I will keep with me forever. I have an increased understanding of the world around me, but at the same time I have an increased curiosity about the world since I have just scratched the surface.
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?
The biggest thing that I have gained from studying abroad was an increased confidence in all aspects of life. I now know that I am capable of navigating, and even thriving, in a new city. Personally, I know I can connect and communicate with people from all walks of life. Academically, I am capable of learning from a global classroom. My learning is no longer limited to just the classroom, but the world around me. Professionally, I am able to adapt to any situation and learn quickly while in a new setting.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
My advice to students who are thinking about studying abroad is to step outside of your comfort zone and take advantage of the opportunities. It is completely normally to be nervous about studying abroad, but that makes the moments when another country feels like home even better.