Santa Clara University

Fana Yohannes '13

International Ambassador


Why do you want to serve as an International Ambassador?
I want to help transition students that are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. I want to share my experience with students to help them gain confidence and reduce any anxiety that they may have about going abroad.
Deciding factor for studying abroad?
I knew I wanted to be in an urban location geographically, also financial aid was a big deciding factor when I was choosing my study abroad program. Furthermore, I was really interested in going to SCU London because they offered the opportunity to hold an internship abroad.
Defining Moment Abroad?
Everyday at my internship working for a Member of Parliament was a defining moment for me. I got to do so much hands on work dealing with a number of case work files as well as managing on going election campaigns in the neighboring communities. It was incredible to see how efficient UK politics is when you are in the front line, making it happen.
Advice to Prospective study abroad students?
First and foremost, go to Costco and get an abundant amount of your favorite cold medicine, you will need it multiple times during your trip, no questions asked. Also I would also recommend keeping a journal while abroad to keep track of not only all of the amazing experiences you will be having but also as a way to observes the ways in which you grow as an individual.