Prague, Czech Republic
1. How has your study abroad experience impacted your life, academics, and/or future career goals?
It has always been my goal to live and work abroad someday. I’ve always been infatuated with the European lifestyle and business practices, however, this study abroad experience turned my infatuation into an understanding and appreciation. I have learned so much about the cultures of the countries I’ve visited during my time abroad, and even more about myself. I’ve learned that a European business setting is a place I could see myself thriving. I could only come to such a conclusion after spending ever so valuable time interning at a company headquartered in Prague. I had daily interactions with individuals from numerous different countries and learned a great deal from each of them. I believe that diversity in the work place is essential and is something that Europeans value, and I appreciate that. I can only hope that someday I will be a part of such a work place.
2. If you had 60 seconds to convince a friend that they should study abroad, what would you say?
Studying abroad is extremely beneficial for many reasons. First, studying abroad gives you the opportunity to spend an extended time in a country completely different from your own. Having the opportunity to experience a different lifestyle, government, economy, etc. provides you with new perspectives and encourages you to look at your home country through new eyes. Second, for all you learn about your host country, you will learn even more about yourself through studying abroad. Traveling alone to a completely unfamiliar country, being responsible for taking care of yourself, planning travels, taking classes, interning, and learning the public transit make you into a much more independent, braver, and confident person. Third, studying abroad gives you an excellent opportunity to represent your home country and play a role in enhancing your country’s reputation abroad. Talking with locals, making honest attempts to learn, using their language, and being conscious of your surrounding and actions all make a world of difference in how people around the world view people from your country. Overall, study abroad in one of the most valuable investments you can make in yourself.