Santa Clara University

Kathleen Servatius '13

International Ambassador

Why do you want to serve as an International Ambassador?
I remember when I was going abroad and I was so nervous and hesitant about my decision to go to Lille, France. At the abroad orientation I remember sitting in a classroom thinking that going abroad was going to be such a scary experience. Only 4 Santa Clara students went to Lille this year but without the advice and help of the students who went last year I think we all would have had a much different experience. They were able to offer us advice before and during our months abroad. I am very thankful for their advice and would love to help the future Lille exchange students.
Deciding factor for studying abroad?
I lived in Grenoble, France for three years from when I was 7 till 10 and have since then been taking French classes. Going abroad I knew I wanted to go to France and Lille seemed like the perfect place to get to use my French the best way I could. I was able to take classes completely in French with French students and feel like I got a real "french college experience". It was a real emersion in Lille. And the city is safe, but also really fun. There are at least 4 universities in Lille and so it feels like a young town, lots of students.    Everything is walkable but it is still one of the biggest cities in France. It was the perfect place to study abroad.
Defining Moment Abroad?
I don't know if I can point to one moment abroad that really shaped me.   I think that the whole experience of getting there, moving in, finding the grocery store, where school is, how to get around.... the first few days were incredibly important because I was on my own and was scared but by the end of it I felt so accomplished that I had figured it out by myself. I think that every trip, new friend, new experience, and class helped me grow as a student, as a friend and as a person.