Kechun Cao '17

Program: Bosnia and Herzegovina Summer Internship

Major: Nutrition

Why did you choose to intern abroad and how did you decide on this program?

I know this program from one of the alum who went to Balkan program before. She told me about the beauty and hospitality of BiH people, so I decided to see what the rest of world looks like. The other reason I chose this program was that Balkan internship is a totally independent program. This internship also excel my nutrition profession.

Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.

When I was doing grocery shopping with my roommate in mall, i took a candy bar and just looked at the nutrition fact (nutrition major:). An old man stood in front of us used his limited English try to talk to us. He said"Eat" and i told him i just looked at it i don't want to buy it. However, he didn't understand me so when we were at the checkout. He bought the candy bar for us because he thought we don't have the money for it.

Describe your overall internship abroad experience.

The two months was a part of highlight in my CSB/SJU college life. I spent two months interacting with people who have amazing, unbelievable life experience. All of my memory has left a lasting impact on me. I learnt how to appreciate my life, listen to people's opinion even if you don't agree with them.

Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of doing an internship abroad? How has interning abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?

I had a nutrition workshop talk about vegetarians during my internship. Personally i think that was a successful workshop. People spoke different languages came together to talk about food with me. They tried to translate what i said and asked me questions in local language. Then someone can speak English translate them back to me. It was really fun and fantastic experience for me because at lease I know so many people love food and are interested in nutrition. It also inspired what I'm doing right now.

What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to intern abroad?

It might be totally different from what you think when you intern abroad. You need to be independent, strong and fearless. You won't regret taking the chance to do this adventure because you will find yourself grow so much during the intern. People have different perspectives around the world and my experience made me learn how to respect and listen to different voices.