Santa Clara University

Jocelyn Wu '12

International Ambassador

Why do you want to serve as an International Ambassador at Santa Clara University?

During the beginning stages of my study abroad application process, I felt overwhelmed by all the information and options that were presented to me at the time. However, having the opportunity to hear about the experiences of other students that studied abroad in the programs I was considering was what gave me the most guidance in my decision to study in London. I would like to do the same for the students that are now in the shoes I was in a year ago, and help them decide whether or not the SCU London study abroad program is right for them.
What were the deciding factors in choosing your study abroad program-location?
Initially, I was set on studying abroad in Japan or China, where was hoping I could improve my Chinese or Japanese skills. However, I realized that I would learn a great deal more if I went somewhere I had never been before instead of places I was familiar with, and London seemed like the best option. I had heard a great deal about how much people enjoyed the SCU London program, and having the opportunity to intern there while still receiving credit for the classes I needed at SCU all convinced me that London was the right location for me.
Describe a defining moment in your abroad experiences and how that experience(s) has affected you personally, intellectually, vocational, spiritually, or academically.
I feel there were many moments during my study abroad experience that were defining, but the one that left the greatest impression on me personally was during our flight back to London at the end of the week-long mid-term break during the program. As we were getting ready to take off, the pilot s announcements came on in the airplane. The rush of relief I felt hearing his British accent surprised me since we had only been out of the city for a week, and it was then I realized how much I had come to view London as home during the months I had been living there.
What advises, recommendations would you give to prospective study abroad students? In retrospect, how would you prepare differently to maximize the study abroad experience?
Before I went to London, a friend of mine told me to not take the time I had there for granted. This advice could not have been more true, and I would tell prospective study abroad students the same. I kept thinking I would be able to go back and do everything more than once while I was abroad since I had a whole quarter there, but time passed by so quickly, and there was so much to do that there were many places I did not even get a chance to visit once! In retrospect, I would have better planned my sightseeing by making a list of all the sights I wanted to see during the quarter at the beginning of the program.