Why did you decide to study abroad?
The simple study abroad application process and the support I received from my school really encouraged me to study abroad.
How did you pay for your study abroad experience?
I was fortunate enough to be awarded one of the Diversity Abroad Student Diversity Ambassador scholarships, as well as a scholarship from my school. Along with these, I put some of my set-aside school tuition money to pay for the rest of my program.
What is one thing you wish you would have known about studying abroad before you left?
I advise students to do a ton of research on prospective cities, as well as on the study abroad programs themselves. You can never be too prepared to study in another country!
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?
No, I didn't experience any cultural insensitivity, as my self-identity is very culturally accepted.
How has studying abroad benefited you, personally and academically?
It was fascinating to be immersed in such a diverse culture in London, and I learned to broaden my viewpoints and be more accepting of other lifestyles. Living with a family in a homestay taught me to be more flexible and also greatly improved my communication skills.
Any additional comments or thoughts that you have about your study abroad experience
If you have the opportunity to study abroad, do it! So many people pass it up and regret it later. Don't be one of those people. The experience will always be enriching, eye-opening, and life-changing.