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Mary Huggins '12
Why do you want to serve as an International Ambassador at Santa Clara University?
Studying abroad was such an incredible experience and I would highly recommend it. I would like be able to convey the experiences and things I learned about other cultures and places through traveling and studying abroad. The experience of studying abroad has so much to offer and I would like to encourage people to take full advantage of it. You can learn a lot from your own experiences as well as from those around you. i really enjoyed my internship class because i got to see what everyone else was doing and the things that they learned or found interesting from their internships in different industries and sectors.
What were the deciding factors in choosing your study abroad program-location?
The internship was one of the main things that encouraged my to study abroad in London. London is such a great city because you become exposed to so many things through the internship in many different industries. I liked the fact that I would be in a place where I understood the language, although there are definite differences with word usage and humor. I enjoyed having the ability to travel and pick up bits of different languages and essentially take away the best parts of each place i visited. Europe provides you with a central location and so many opportunities.
Describe a defining moment in your abroad experiences and how that experience(s) has affected you personally, intellectually, vocational, spiritually, or academically.
One of the defining moments of my abroad experience was traveling to Greece over break. Greece and England are very different, Greece doesn't have the same infrastructure that England has in terms of plumbing, economics, and buildings. It made me appreciate England for the local amenities that i took for granted. Also the city has so much history that it was fascinating to see ruins everywhere and see an area of Greece that was not simply built up for tourists. The people are so nice and anywhere you travel as long as you make an effort in the local language and are polite they are more than happy to help you.
What advises, recommendations would you give to prospective study abroad students? In retrospect, how would you prepare differently to maximize the study abroad experience?
For the London program in particular I would say make the best of your internship. No matter what field you go into you learn something about yourself from your experience and you develop skills that will be helpful later. You get to interact with different people in other areas of London that you might not otherwise meet. Also do things with the local college that you are affiliated with and meet some of their students through the clubs and events. As for studying abroad in general I would say really try to experience the country or place you are in. It means a lot be able to know one place really well than to have just traveled to half a dozen countries over the weekend.