Ben is an ambassador who studied abroad in China
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I always knew I wanted to go abroad. I chose the China program because I had ancestral roots there, and growing up I was always watching the Chinese on t.v.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
During my time in China, our professor encouraged us to visit the countryside of China to live the life they lived, and it was a life changing experience. The people there were so kind, we couldn't communicate and it was sad that we couldn't but yet I felt like it was a friendship that will last forever. They lived such different lives from us, but yet were just like us too.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
It will be hard to describe my study abroad experience, because there is just too much great things to say. Overall it has been life changing, and I'm sure every person will say that anywhere they go. It made me feel closer to my friends and family though I was living so far away at the time.
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?
Academically it will look great on a resume, and I learned new ways to study and what not. Professionally, I now know what kind of diets they have there, what food they consume, and what kind of healthcare they have, so it will definitely help me understand them as a Nutrition major. Personally, I've learned to be more courageous and brave, because truly, you never know what's out there.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Have an open mind, explore as much as you can, and live life uncomfortably abroad. Get into those uncomfortable situations, because those are the things that will make you grow, and change you the most.