What is the most valuable lesson you learned while abroad?
I learned how to be more flexible and adaptive to different situations and environments. There were many times when things did not go smoothly as planned and I had to make things work. This tested my problem-solving skills and I learned how to be efficient with the available time and budget. Also, there were cultural differences (e.g. the use of words) and rules (e.g. pedestrians do not have the right of way when crossing the road as in Canada.
How did this experience prepare you for a future in the global workforce?
During the field trips, I gained first-hand experience of the local culture, including the business culture. In any business environment, it is extremely important to identify the differences in background or power and to be able to respect and accept those differences.
What was the hardest part about studying abroad?
Finding a correct balance between studies and travelling around the country. I overcame this by making my studies a priority since that was the motive behind travelling to England. However, whenever I had free time, I would travel around the city to get the most out of the studying abroad experience.
What is your best advice for students who want to study abroad?
Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Studying abroad is all about experiencing different things and making the most out this experience.
What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list?