Alexis Torres, ’25

Program: London

Major: Communication

Minor: Global Health

Athletic Team/Club: Track & Field, ILEAD, Senate


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

I chose to study abroad because I saw it as a chance for me to push myself academically and personally. I knew going into it I was going to gain a strong sense of independence. I have heard many stories of others going abroad with an internship that helped them connect what they learned in the classroom and be able to apply it in real life. I picked London for just that reason. I was very happy that I could connect my experience with global health and intercultural health to my internship.

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

A cultural experience that had the biggest impact on me was seeing how diverse London really was. It is this melting pot of people from all around the world who come from all different backgrounds and viewpoints. I was able to connect with many locals and hear their experiences of how they felt so welcomed in London while being of a different ethnicity. This interaction showed me that not everyone in the world will look or treat you differently because you are of a different ethnicity than the "typical person." I have never felt more welcomed in a place before and it was amazing to be in this kind of community.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

My overall study abroad experience changed me completely as a person. It transformed my ways of communicating with others in ways I would have never thought. I gained self-confidence and self-love. I learned that taking healthy risks can be one of the most rewarding experiences one can do for themselves. I also gained a deeper understanding of how much good and life there truly is out there. Being immersed in such a culturally rich place truly opens your eyes to worldly issues and helps you have a different perspective.

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?

I would say the main benefits of studying and interning abroad are that it shows you a glimpse of what your future could be like. I personally loved my internship placement and it was something I was very passionate about. I got hands-on experience at a nonprofit site and was able to help implement health practices which I hope to do for a career someday.

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

The advice I would provide to students who are considering going abroad is take the leap. Normally the one regret you hear from students is they wish they would have gone abroad. You truly find yourself abroad and make life-lasting memories you will look back on and be so glad you went!