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Ashley
Junior Year Student
Loyola Marymount University
My name is Ashley and I’m currently a junior at Loyola Marymount University. I’m originally from Maui, Hawaii and I am working on a Business Marketing major with a minor in Studio Arts. I spent last semester studying abroad in... My name is Ashley and I’m currently a junior at Loyola Marymount University. I’m originally from Maui, Hawaii and I am working on a Business Marketing major with a minor in Studio Arts. I spent last semester studying abroad in London, England. It was an amazing experience in which I learned new things about myself, new cultures, people, and customs. Living in London for a semester enabled me to travel easily throughout Europe. During my stay I visited Paris, Düsseldorf, Rome, Venice, Florence, Prague, and Dublin. This was a great opportunity to live in another country for four months and be able to visit so many more. We also took trips to other places in England such as Bath, Stonehenge, and Brighton. The classes I took abroad were also neat, especially because it was fun and interesting being taught by British professors. Living in another country opened my eyes to the diversity in the world and allowed me to experience things that I would never be able to grasp in the U.S. since I have been here all my life and because I am so accustomed to the culture. We were also able to have an internship as part of our study abroad program. It was a great learning experience since we were exposed to the working environment of British people. I feel it has greatly assisted in my career planning for the future.

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  1. The exchange rate is something that all students abroad need to take into consideration when choosing a country for their program. London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, since the pound is basically double the dollar. I was aware of this and knew I would need to prepare for this ahead of time, so I worked two jobs the summer before I left and saved up as much money as I could. Don’t reject certain countries because of expenses, simply prepare ahead of time and spend money wisely while abroad.
    3 answers – Deciding On A Program
  2. For me, since I am away from my family and friends for most of the year (since I’m from Hawaii and go to school in California), I was used to not being around them. But it was still nerve-racking since I was going to a different country alone without knowing anyone in the country or anyone in my program. I kept convincing myself that the benefits of this experience will greatly outweigh these anxious feelings, and of course, it did. I was a bit scared before I left, but as soon as my group got together we all immediately got along and turned into best friends in a matter of days. Living in a new country is constantly new and exciting so there really is no time to be homesick or miss people. You will be too busy taking in the new culture and lifestyle.
    4 answers – Before You Leave
  3. Yes, employers definitely take this into consideration. I have already been on numerous interviews since I returned back to the states and they have been greatly interested in my experience abroad. Many of them have asked about my internship experience, so if at all possible, do an internship while abroad. Having a successful study abroad experience illustrates to workers that you are a well-rounded person that can adapt well to new environments and new types of people.
    7 answers – Career
  4. The semester went by way too fast since I was so busy and it was so much fun. When I returned home I felt as though I was not there long enough. There were still things I wished I could do, but I knew there was no time to do it. At first I was frustrated since I felt as though I did not accomplish everything that I wanted to, but now that I look back on it, I realized that I did make good use of my time and fit in as many trips and events as possible. I will definitely return to Europe eventually so I will continue my European experience then.
    4 answers – Re-Adjusting to Home
  5. Parents have good reason to be skeptical about their children living in a foreign country for a long period of time. Their child will be far away, out of reach, and in a completely new culture and surroundings. Although these reasons are of concern, they also help the student to grow and become a more independent individual. It teaches students to adapt to new environments as they learn to work with new types of people at a level one can only receive when living in another country. When returning home, students will have a new outlook on life and realize how vast the world is. When I returned home, I was thankful that I went abroad because I viewed the world differently and it triggered an urge to continuously travel and learn more.
    5 answers – For African Americans – For Asian/ Pacific Americans – For Hispanic/ Latin@ – For Native Americans
  6. I was not worried about racism before I left and I didn’t really feel any racism while I was abroad. I’m sure this was partly because I was in the city of London, where they are very accepting and diverse already as opposed to a culture with only one dominant race. Although I am of a mixed background, most European people would classify me as “American,” rather than Japanese and Portuguese, which are my nationalities. I felt some people could be somewhat discriminatory toward Americans just because of their take on America and our leaders, but never really toward my race specifically.
    6 answers – Racism
  7. I would not be able to choose only one experience! The entire experience would be equally encouraging to students. Everything from traveling throughout Europe to meeting new people are all great reasons to study abroad. It’s amazing how much one can learn while you’re having the time of your life. Study abroad encourages students to expand their learning to things outside of the classroom, and to me, there is no better way to learn.
    7 answers – Personal
  8. I realized I wanted to study abroad when I visited a friend in London for a week. Being there for one week was not enough to really learn about the culture and to travel to different countries. I never had a taste of leaving the country and visiting a new one so once I stepped foot in a new country and experienced it, I knew I wanted to live in another country for a while and I figured that studying abroad would be the best way to do it.
    6 answers – Personal
  9. I became interested in study abroad after having visited London and knowing that there was so much to take in. I thought three and a half months there would be adequate, but I could have been there longer. I also had a few friends that had studied abroad that greatly encouraged me. Once I was in London, I was excited to travel to other countries since they were so easy to get to once I was already in Europe. These countries were all so close together, yet they were all so different in their culture, language, nature, geography, etc. I wish I could have experienced them all!
    9 answers – Personal
  10. I think that being exposed to so much diversity in different countries really opened my eyes to the bigger picture. I have been born and raised in America so I grew up learning about other countries, but there is a great amount of knowledge that I know I could only acquire through a personal experience such as studying abroad. Both the working atmosphere and the educational environment were really different and I’m glad I had a chance to experience both in another country.
    8 answers – Personal
  11. Yes, my expectations were definitely met. I feel that I was completely in charge of my expectations and my experience. I took the initiative to make the experience worthwhile and amazing while others may have been too lazy. I traveled as much as possible, our program was well structured, and I made a bunch of new friends. It was a great learning experience and way more fun than I had expected.
    4 answers – Personal
  12. Many different cultures inhabit the state of Hawaii. I have grown up in the midst of so many diverse ethnicities and cultures. This has enriched my life by enabling me to be exposed to a vast array of people, food, religions, etc. My schools were never really dominated with one particular race, but are completely mixed. Since I am accustomed to living within a diverse group of people, going abroad was not a drastic change, but simply another opportunity for me to learn more about the people of the world and to embrace their culture and values. I was excited to be able to openly grasp the culture and adapt to the differing people that were locals to the countries I visited.
    1 respuestas – For Asian/ Pacific Americans – Culture
  13. There is really nothing to be afraid of. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to get out of the small Hawaii “bubble” and out into the rest of the world. Although we learn about other regions of the world while we are in school, it becomes a reality when actually traveling to these places and feeling the history within them. It also made me more aware of many issues and news around the world that I have been rather blind to when living in Hawaii. Studying abroad made me realize how vast the world was while also reaching into myself and learning more about me.
    3 answers – For Asian/ Pacific Americans
  14. I returned to Hawaii with a whole new perspective on the world. For so many years I had been living in Hawaii then went to school in California. I had never had such a drastic change in the region that I lived in. Going back to my Hawaii home after studying abroad made me very thankful that I was raised in such a gorgeous place in such a great, small community. I am grateful that I was able to have such a wonderful childhood in an amazing place and now that I am older I am excited to keep broadening my global knowledge.
    1 answers – For Asian/ Pacific Americans
  15. I really didn’t feel overwhelmed at all. I welcomed the change of scenery and the completely new heritage of people. It was great living in such a large city that had so much to offer instead of being cooped up on an island in the middle of the Pacific. Although I love my Maui home, it is wonderful to get out of the small community and into a huge one to grasp a completely different way of life and a new culture. Instead of feeling overwhelmed I was excited and eager to embrace my new life abroad.
    1 answers – For Asian/ Pacific Americans
  16. If anything, people loved the fact that I was from Hawaii. There aren’t too many Hawaiian folk in Europe, so most people there don’t really know much about Hawaii, unless they have visited (which is quite rare). Their views of Hawaiian people are very stereotypical so I feel as though I cleared up the normal stereotype of simply surfing and hula skirts and made some of them realize that Hawaii was more than that.
    1 answers – For Asian/ Pacific Americans
  17. Either way is equally beneficial. Studying in a culture that you are familiar with will expand what you already know and bring your ideas to reality. Studying somewhere completely new will enable you to learn and experience completely different things. It just depends on what you wish to experience.
    1 answers – For Asian/ Pacific Americans
  18. El tipo de cambio es algo que todos los estudiantes en el exterior deben considerar cuando eligen un país para su programa. Londres es una de las ciudades más caras en el mundo ya que la libra inglesa es casi el doble valor que el dólar. Yo estaba conciente de esto y sabía que necesitaría estar preparada con anticipación así que tuve dos trabajos en el verano antes de salir y ahorré lo más que pude. No rechaces ciertos países por los gastos - simplemente prepárate con anticipación y gasta sabíamente en el exterior.
    3 respuestas – Preocupaciones: antes de salir
  19. El tipo de cambio es algo que todos los estudiantes en el exterior deben considerar cuando eligen un país para su programa. Londres es una de las ciudades más caras en el mundo ya que la libra inglesa es casi el doble valor que el dólar. Yo estaba conciente de esto y sabía que necesitaría estar preparada con anticipación así que tuve dos trabajos en el verano antes de salir y ahorré lo más que pude. No rechaces ciertos países por los gastos - simplemente prepárate con anticipación y gasta sabíamente en el exterior.
    4 respuestas – Como costear/financiar – Preocupaciones: antes de salir
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