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Emily Harvey '12
Why do you want to serve as an International Ambassador at Santa Clara University?
I think I would definitely be able to motivate students who are interested in studying abroad to study in Sweden. I had such a fantastic time in a wonderful city, and would love it if more students from Santa Clara were able to go abroad there! I think that studying abroad is the chance of a lifetime, and I can truly say I had a once in a lifetime experience, and would have loved to spend longer in Lund. I had one of the greatest times of my life, if not the greatest, and would love it if others were able to experience something similar to that which I did.
What were the deciding factors in choosing your study abroad program-location?
Sweden is different from any other city, and it is very under the radar in terms of places to study abroad, so I thought it would be a unique experience and something that I was totally not used to, therefore forcing me to branch out of my comfort level.
Describe a defining moment in your abroad experiences and how that experience(s) has affected you personally, intellectually, vocational, spiritually, or academically.
I lived in a corridor with all Swedish people, and getting to know their customs and traditions was truly life changing. I also was able to experience different cultures from around the world due to my choice to study with the direct exchange. One night my floor had a cray fish/tour de chamme in our community kitchen, and I would say after that night, I felt like a Swede.
What advises, recommendations would you give to prospective study abroad students? In retrospect, how would you prepare differently to maximize the study abroad experience?
Do something unique, branch out of your comfort zone, and you will come to not only grow as a person but mature and become much more worldly than if you were to stay in America. My favorite part of studying abroad was meeting all the different people from different countries around the world, and that is truly the experience of a lifetime.