University Relations and Marketing Trainee
Where and when did you study abroad?
L'Abbaye, Pontlevoy, France, Spring of 2010
How did your study abroad experience affect/change/alter your life/career path?
Study abroad changed my perspective on life, cultures, people, and the environment. I learned how important it is to become an engaged world citizen so I can positively affect others. Because of how study abroad affected my life, I wanted to be able to share that with other students and infect them with a passion for global learning and travel. Through my job in the field of international education, I'm able to reach out to students in the hopes that study abroad will touch and change them the way it did me.
Does your experience/s abroad have anything to do with your current employment?
Absolutely. If not for study abroad, I wouldn't be the person I am or in the job I am today.
Do you have any tips for current students contemplating study abroad?
If finances are a concern: I promise that it's worth every penny. You are making a very wise investment in yourself and your future by choosing to study abroad and employers will see it that way too. If you're worried about missing home, family, and friends: they will be there when you get back, and they will want to hear about your incredible experiences abroad. If you're worried about missing out on what's here: you can't see it now, but you will be missing out on so much more by not studying abroad. I guarantee it.
If you could have studied abroad on one more program, which would it have been and why?
I probably would have done a year-long exchange or a semester-long internship in Holland or Ireland. When I signed up for The Abbey Program, I wasn't sure I could be away for an entire semester. When it was time to leave France, I was positive I should've stayed abroad for a longer period of time. When the semester ended, I had just reached the point where I knew I would never see anything the same way ever again. I wish that I had had a longer abroad experience to see more people and places with my fresh new perspective.
Do you have a role model? Did anyone in particular help you get to where you are today?
If you haven't had the pleasure to meet Jessica Lamb in the study abroad office, you should take the time to introduce yourself. Because of Jessica's help, patience, and firm belief in learning things on your own, my study abroad experience was one that changed my life. She has such a zest for life and people, and she greets everything with an open mind. She told me how travel and life abroad affected her, and I aspired to have those experiences! Years after my semester abroad, I still look up to Jessica! She's one of my dearest friends and coolest role models.
Anything else to add?
So, why have you not applied yet?