My study abroad experience was really life
changing, it shook my core, it shook my, you know, my idea of good, of what is right in
the world, but it also gave me this, this fire to go out there and do something, to
not be content, to not just go back to my life and, and, you know, I don’t know, go
into a job that doesn’t have meaning. I want to be, I want to use my life to make change,
and studying abroad really helped I guess shape that. So I’ve always wanted to study abroad because
I’ve kind of had this idea in my head of what my life is going to look like and since I
was, I don’t know, 14 maybe 13 years old, I’ve wanted to start my own non profit organization.
I love working with kids, like I just, oh my gosh their imaginations are so beautiful
and their hearts are so full, I love working with them and like I want people to be happy
and I want people to have hope, so the direction I’m looking to go into is, um, of course still
working with a non profit organization in an underdeveloped country, but specifically
working with kids in an educative environment. I’ve always been pretty interested in international
business and I’ve always, you know, pursued, or wanted to pursue a career abroad, so I
knew that was always kind of my trajectory, but I just didn’t know if I was going to be
able to fill it in here, um and then fortunately just having those conversations with the education
abroad office and GO abroad here in the College of Business, kind of made it very, very possible
for me to be able to take a semester off and pursue credits in a different county. And so, what the, there’s
kind of a stigma that it’s your second semester of your junior year, it’s like too expensive,
you can’t like, you know, fit it in with your schedule, if you take a semester off then
it’s going to be an additional semester, and it turns out that’s just not the case at all.
I think it’s important for students to study abroad because it gives them that global perspective.
I believe that my students who have traveled, who have seen the world, they come at, they
come at issues with a totally different lens, and it’s just like any time you talk to
someone who disagrees with you, that, that broadens your perspective, even if that’s
just in town, but I think you know when people study abroad they see things that challenge,
their, their lens, how they think, and they’re different people because of it afterwards.