STUDY ABROAD ALUMNI STORY

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Why did you decide to study abroad?

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.

Tell us about the program you went on

I studied Marketing with CEA Paris.

How did you pay for your study abroad experience?

Personal fundraising/working.

What is one thing you wish you would have known about studying abroad before you left?

I wish I knew how to budget because I basically broke the bank when I was in Paris, France.

Did you experience any discrimination abroad because of your race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or a physical disability? If so, what did you learn from the experience?

I did not.

How has studying abroad benefited you, personally and academically?

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.

What was the most memorable moment of studying abroad?

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.

How was the entertainment and nightlife?

Be smart and you will have an amazing adventure!

In what way do you feel your experience abroad has prepared you for your future career? (Think both tangible things like language acquisition and intangible like learning to work with people who are very different from you)

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.

Would you recommend the program you went on, if so why??

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.

What advice do you have for students thinking about study abroad?

It is okay to be scared but also be courageous, take a leap of faith and start a new exotic chapter to your life.

Any additional comments or thoughts that you have about your study abroad experience

It was one of the greatest experience of my short 21 years of life.

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