Amanda is an Ambassador who studied abroad in China
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I decided to go abroad as soon as I got on campus. It seemed to be such a huge part of the culture here and I wanted that experience everyone was so passionate about. My decision to go to China was pretty simple. I looked at all the programs that seemed the scariest because I really wanted to test my limits and really get out of my comfort zone. There were a couple of programs that I thought could do that for me, but China fit into my schedule the best.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
Me and a couple of friends joined the Southwest University Enactus team while we were there, since we are members on campus. We were not really expecting much to come out of it. But they ended up welcoming us right away, took us to dinner multiple times, took us to a conference and made us the guest speakers. There is a saying that was repeated time and time again while we were there and that is "Nothing is impossible in China, it may not be easy, but it is possible."
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
Like most people I have been asked this question time and time again. And the best way I can describe it without eating up hours of someone's time is that I met lifelong friends, I learned so much about so many things, and it changed my life forever.
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 did a short term right before my program in Spain and I don't think the 2 experiences are even comparable. I didn't feel like a tourist most days while in China by the end of the semester. I was living like a student and not like I was on spring break.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Absolutely do it. In my mind there are very few reasons to why someone really couldn't go abroad with all the technology we have today that can connect you back home for free in a matter of seconds.