Ethan Safi ’24

Program: London Semester

Major: Accounting with Finance

Minor: Data Analytics

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

I chose to study abroad in London since I wanted to grow my own perspective on life and learn about a new culture. Another factor was the long list of positive remarks about studying abroad, especially the London program.

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

One of the most notable experiences I had was from a class trip to a theater play. Growing up with minimal experience from school plays, my expectations were quite low, and I presumed that I wouldn’t enjoy it. To my surprise, I was amazed by the superior level of acting and the endless dry humor that continued throughout it.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

Transformative. I think it’s hard to fully explain how being submersed in a different culture affects oneself. I grew in ways I never expected. Forcing myself to experience new places/cultures, take risks, and reflect on these experiences. Further, I was happy to see the cultivation of new and old friendships become stronger and build lifelong bonds.

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?

For one, the London program allowed me to gain real-world experience through the integrated internship. This is extremely beneficial for students in Global Business Leadership who are required to have an internship. Academically, being abroad gave me access to professors with a different outlook on class. As mentioned before, being abroad with a group allowed me to make new friends while becoming close to the ones I already had.

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

Make sure you fully understand how studying abroad affects your academic plan and what programs may be catered better for your major. Utilize all the resources available, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you’re questioning whether to go or not, in almost any case I would recommend you take the chance and go. No one ever regrets going abroad, they only regret not taking action.