Study Abroad

Eden Andrews

What was one of your most meaningful experiences?
In general seeing places you have never seen before and being amazed by what the world has to offer makes you realize so much about yourself. Each time I traveled to a new place and saw the beauty of a place I had never seen before was so rewarding. In particular, Switzerland was my favorite. When signing up for the trip I was unsure of what to expect. I had not seen a lot of pictures on social media and it was a place I was unfamiliar with. I remember arriving on the bus and it was with out a doubt one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. We ended up making so many amazing memories there including paragliding and a canyoning through the Swiss Alps. It was one of the craziest things I have ever done and I will never forget that country. 

Why should Lasell students study abroad?
Students should study abroad as a way to expand their knowledge and understand the world outside of the state they are from. A lot of students from Lasell are from the New England area, making their commute home only a few hours, if that. When I came to Lasell, my home was 16 hours away, and I never got to run home to quick grab something, do laundry, or spend time with my family. I grew up really fast, and it was really rewarding to feel like I could do everything on my own. Going abroad even further emphasized that feeling. I was learning so much about myself every day and was confident in my ability to see the world on my own and be independent. 

What is your number one piece of advice for students studying abroad?
My biggest piece of advice to give would be to take the summer before you leave seriously. This means having a job lined up and possibly a second one. I saved up a lot of money but I saw so many of my peers constantly stressing out over their monetary situation. It would have been a shame to be half way through the semester and have to stop traveling and going out to dinner. I really enjoyed the feeling of never having to tell myself no, and showing myself that I could fund this experience without the help of my parents. 

What is a typical day in the life when studying abroad?
A typical day in the life for me would be to eat breakfast with the groceries that I bought weekly, and head to class which was only a few blocks away from my apartment. I had two classes per day, only on Wednesdays and Thursdays for two and a half hours each. Along with my classes, I would work shifts at my internship on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays mornings. I was able to miss three of my shifts for my internship and used my skips on my Friday morning shifts in order to travel on the weekends. Just about every Thursday night, my roommates and I would have our bags packed and walk to the train station to go on a new journey to a country we had never been before.