Major: International Studies
Minors: History and Norwegian
Where did you go? When?
I attended the University of Stirling during the summer of 2010. Stirling is located in Scotland, United Kingdom. The summer semester was a really easy and good choice for me. A summer study abroad trip is a nice option for those who are busy with specific classes during the fall and spring semesters.
Would you recommend this location to another student? Why?
I would absolutely recommend Stirling to other students. The university was really great, with nice and helpful people working there. The classes offered fit into my Major as well as my History Minor. Scotland is one of most beautiful places in the world; it is full of history and breathtaking landscape. Also, for those who don’t have a foreign language, they speak English
What was your most memorable experience/day/moment?
One of the most memorable experiences was a trip that I took with some friends I had met while studying abroad. We went to London for 4 days and had a great time walking around and experiencing London. We took in all of the sites and of course the nightlife. The trip was so memorable because it was spend with such great friends
What was your worst experience?
My worst day by far was the day I left Scotland. It was one of the hardest days of my life. I was leaving behind such good friends whom I had made great memories with. Not only was I leaving my friends, but also I was leaving behind a life that I had grown so accustomed to.
What are the benefits of study abroad? (Personal/Academic)
My personal benefits have been monumental. I am a much stronger, wiser, and independent person after studying abroad. I learned how to deal with adversity, which caused a definite increase in my maturity.
My academic benefits have been immense as well. I was able to finish my History Minor and I learned a great deal about Scottish History.
What advice would you give someone considering study abroad?
The one thing I would tell students who are planning on studying abroad is to just role with the punches. Things aren’t always going to go your way, but there is honestly nothing you can do about it. And of course, always remember to have fun!
Would you recommend Student Leaders International (SLI) to students when they return from abroad?
Yes, I would definitely recommend SLI to former study abroad students. It has been a really experience for me, I have met new friends and it also really great to be able to talk with other students who have studied abroad. It is so fun to get together and compare memorable stories!