University of Central Florida
1. How has your study abroad experience impacted your life, academics, and/or future career goals?
This summer study abroad program impacted my life in many ways. By living in London, I returned home with a greater understanding of cultural differences. I observed variances in language and enjoyed learning how to communicate effectively with the locals. I gained a greater awareness of politics and economics and how others view our country. In my class on International Media, we had an opportunity to meet and interview a recruitment executive at Google and a public relations officer for Warner Brothers. These experiences were incredible.
My study abroad experience has also greatly affected my future career goals. Regarding my Communications major, I was not completely sure of where I best make an impact with my skills. But, after this trip, I have decided that I really want to seek out a career related to travel, a job that allows me to see as much of the world as possible while still working. I also feel I can translate the adventures I had into helping others. The confidence I gained has enabled me to show others the joys of learning much more about the world beyond themselves and their homes.
2. If you had 60 seconds to convince a friend that they should study abroad, what would you say?
There is so much to say beyond 60 seconds! History. Culture. Language. It’s all waiting out there for a student to explore. The study abroad experience is not like a typical trip. You have a chance to explore the culture and lifestyle in a new place. Beyond seeing the typical attractions or sites, you get to immerse yourself in the city. Get on a bus or navigate the tube. Get to know locals. Walk the city and discover!