Patrick Moe is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
As a pre-architecture student, it is imperative that I see as much of the world as possible - to see how other peoples live, and to expose myself to the creativity in our world. This international learning extends far beyond architecture, and contributes to the formation of a well rounded and experienced member of society.
London is without a doubt one of the most diverse cities in the world and it is a center of great art and culture. I wanted to experience the great works of art and architecture, meet the fascinating people of London, and immerse myself in the fast pace of a cosmopolitan city.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
While on a field visit to the Tate Modern for my Modern and Contemporary Art class, I was able to have a conversation with David Hockney in Yayoi Kusama's 'Infinity Room.' Both Kusama and Hockney are great living artists, featured multiple, multiple times in my art texts and class lectures. To have that experience is priceless, and I still can't believe that it actually happened.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
I loved it.
I lived in a new culture, made fantastic connections with actual Londoners, and became a part of a tight-knit new family of Bennies and Johnnies. I have thousands of pictures, even more memories and stories, and some of the closest friends-all because I spent four months of my life in London, England.
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?
As an artist, I am continually inspired by what I was able to see in London and on my other travels while abroad.
As a student, I've expanded my understanding of the world and am able to bring unique experiences and insights to the classroom back at CSB/SJU.
As a person I have discovered a sense of independence that I never knew I had. I feel so much more comfortable in unfamiliar situations, and have grown to be more out going and more willing to push myself beyond my comfort zone.
As a future professional, I have created relationships with architects and business people in London that I hope to hold onto for years to come. I have amazing experiences to put on a résumé, bring to discussions, and to use to set myself above my future competition.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Throw yourself at it.
The experience of living and studying abroad is well worth every essay, every form, and every cent. Your time out in the world is something that can never be taken from you, and can only help you in years to come.
Do you have questions about studying abroad in London? Email Patrick at email@example.com.