I decided to study abroad because I studied French for many years and fell in love with the language of love. I have dreamt of being in Paris, France for a while, being under the Eiffel Tower full of romantic daydreams. Then something amazing happened, CEA teamed up with University of Utah Learning Abroad and created a wonderful study abroad program called Paris Marketing, which benefited me in so many ways because I wanted to be in Paris so desperately yet I was also a business major who needed to take a marketing class. It was two birds one stone.
I studied Marketing with CEA Paris.
I wish I knew how to budget because I basically broke the bank when I was in Paris, France.
I did not.
Personally, I was able to grow as an individual. I lived with four girls that I did not know well personally but they knew each other. I was scared to make friends. But when you take a chance and living together in this beautiful yet foreign country, you definitely rely on each other. I was able to overcome my fears and made long-term friends that I still meet to this day for lunch and to reminisce about Paris. Paris taught me to be even more flexible and to take challenges as it comes at me.
The whole month that I was in Paris, France was memorable. Everyday was different. Everyday I woke up early and did something new by myself or with my roommates and it was just so exciting. I felt very much alive.
Be smart and you will have an amazing adventure!
For my future career, my study abroad experience has really taught me to be patient and be aware of my surroundings. In the workplace, people are diverse and you never know what kind of people you would be interacting 8 hours a day for five times a week. In that particular case, it is good to be patient and be aware of everyone.
I absolutely would recommend studying abroad to everyone and also would recommend the program that I participated in because it was a rich experience and CEA definitely helped.
It is okay to be scared but also be courageous, take a leap of faith and start a new exotic chapter to your life.
It was one of the greatest experience of my short 21 years of life.