Xinyu is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
First of all, I wanted to immerse myself in the culture in other country. The study abroad trip can provide the knowledge of how other cultures approach the tasks and challenges of everyday life, a sense of how global the world has become, and an appreciation of the importance of international cooperation.
Second, study abroad cannot only deepen my knowledge and understanding of diverse cultures, but also broaden my intellectual horizons. The London program is important for me to finish my curriculum. I had carefully planned my schedule around for the past two years with my academic advisor for study abroad and this program can help me to fill out the inter-culture, experiential learning and Art and Upper level Theology requirement.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
The most impressive part for me was soccer games (or football game in the British way). I am a big fan of Arsenal Football Club, so it was my dream came true when I got to Emirate stadium packed with sixty thousand crazy supporters. The atmosphere was so unreal that fans were singing chants or supporter songs during the whole game. I was very excited that I could see my favorite players playing so closely on the pitch. During the semester abroad, I went to seven games and made some friends who are also arsenal fans. Tickets were a little costly and their worth every pennies.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
It was memorable.
After four month in London, I felt that there is hardly any difference for me living in different country: no matter where you live, you can only eat three meals a day and sleep in one bed. However, people who I lived with and met during the trip truly grace my life. I am so glad that I shared this once in my lifetime experience with my London family.
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?
I was totally changed after the semester in London which was much more than just a trip. As an international student, I used to stay in my own territory and keep myself solitude from St. Ben and St. John's community. However, this programme forced me to live and study with other 30 students together in a small flat everyday. I gradually learned how to get along with them and built my confidence in communication with others. After this trip, I not only fell in love with London, but also get tight relation with CSBSJU community.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
As a student who travels a lot, my advice is "halve your luggage and double your money".
First of all, you need to pay more fee for extra luggage when you travel (especially when you travel in Europe. European airlines have strict luggage rule). Second, it is very annoying when you carry those big cases around. Last, It is easy to buy daily supplies in London or in other city.
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