Marisela Weber is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London
Minor: Secondary Education
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I became interested in the London because of the vast theater and literature history. I wanted to walk the streets Shakespeare did, I wanted to see shows on the West End, I was intrigued by the vastness and intimateness of the city as a whole.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
Being abroad, no matter where, even in a country that some people might deem "similar" to the US is extremely beneficial to make responsible global citizen. I think that being able to look at the U.S through a different global perspective was extremely beneficial to my growth as an individual.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
Studying abroad in London, England was easily the best decision I have made in my life. I was grateful every day to be surrounded by the beauty of Kensington, the history of London, and vastness of the all encompassing parts of the city. Further, my international internship made me feel like a real citizen of London, I complained about the tube delays, I drank tea at least 3x a day.
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?
My study abroad experience allowed me to grow awareness in myself and gain valuable life skills. I became more independent with travel and developed greater self-awareness through my literature courses and interactions with locals. Even living in the flats with 30 other Bennies and Johnnies helped me develop interpersonal skills, community living, cooking, and living independently from CSB/SJU.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Take time to journal, record your experiences and reflect on them. Take time to get to know the other members of your trip, deepen those connections. Get to know your international teachers! I have developed life-long relationships with my teachers, I had coffee and really got to know them on a personal level which I think really made my experience unique.
I also got an international scholarship from FIE so I can help student navigate those projects and the scholarship process!