Morgan Luberda '23

Program: London

Major: Biology

Minor: Gender Studies

 

 

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

I chose to study abroad because I love to travel, and I wanted a chance to explore a brand new place for four months while getting the full experience of living and working there as a resident and not just a tourist. I also wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and become more independent. I chose the London program specifically because I grew up in a small town and always knew I wanted to experience what a big city was like. I knew that London was one of the biggest and most well-known cities in the world with a diverse population with people from various backgrounds and cultures that I had not had much exposure to previously. I also wanted the opportunity to complete an international internship. I wanted to gain a unique work experience to learn what work culture was like in another country as well as make professional connections with people internationally.

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

For my internship, I worked with a food redistribution charity. I got to meet lots of Londoners that volunteered with the charity that were from all over the city. I got the chance to get to know them and get advice on the best spots around the city to visit from people who knew the area well. I also got to partake in deliveries that allowed me to travel around the city and see different sectors that I would not have seen if it weren’t for my internship.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

Studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made. I had the time of my life meeting new people and seeing some of the iconic places around the city. It was amazing to be able to see the city at Christmastime too. I did not get to travel outside the United Kingdom due to the pandemic, but because of it, I got to know the city extremely well. I also got to take fun classes that allowed me to go to afternoon tea and plays at a variety of theatres. The semester did have its challenges like homesickness, but I am already excited for my next trip back to London.

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?

Studying and interning abroad gave me great professional contacts for the future. I learned a lot from my international internship that I will be able to carry into future positions. I also took classes I wouldn’t have been able to at home which made me a more well-rounded student. Personally, I also became a lot more independent and confident in myself.

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

Don’t overthink it, and just do it! It seems terrifying at first to go to a completely new place where you don’t know anyone, but it’s completely worth it in the end to have this incredible and unique experience. I got to make friends that I never would have otherwise, both from CSB+SJU who were different years and majors and from other schools in the US that were studying at the same school in London. No matter what your concerns are, in the end it would be worth it and you won’t regret it. If you can make it work, I absolutely recommend you do it!