Study Abroad

Emily Movessian

Emily Movessian

What was one of your most meaningful experiences?
One of my most meaningful experiences while abroad was actually when I got lost in London on my way to meet a friend. We wanted to explore a market that was surrounded by art galleries and vintage shops. As my friend and I lived in different parts areas of London, it made more sense for us to both travel individually to the market. It was still close to the beginning of the semester and so I was not very familiar with that part of the city yet. I looked up which tube lines to take and which stop to get off at but was relying on my phone for walking directions once out of the underground. My phone decided not to cooperate though and I couldn't use it for directions. Before finding my friend and the market I ended up getting a bit lost which is something that I (and am sure most other people don't like being) but it actually wasn't too bad. I was surprised by how calm I was and unfazed. It made me realize how comfortable I had become in the city I got to call home for a few months.

Why should Lasell students study abroad?
Studying abroad is such a unique opportunity and the likes of which you probably will not get again in your lifetime. It is definitely something that should be taken advantage of. Seeing different countries and experiencing other cultures is invaluable. It can help to make you a more global citizen and give you another perspective on things, as well as make you a more desirable job candidate. Studying abroad also allows you to experience different teaching and learning styles as they vary from country to country. You will be able to travel to and see amazing things, some of which you may have read about in your textbooks. You may have classes with students from numerous countries and may end up with friends across the globe. Studying abroad will also allow you to become even more independent and self-sufficient as well as help build your confidence.

What is your number one piece of advice for students studying abroad?
My number one piece of advice would be in regards to traveling. I think that it is best to come up with an idea of the places you want to visit ahead of time and start planning those trips as soon as you can while you are abroad. Once you are deeper into your semester abroad and have more things on your mind, it can be harder to plan a trip than at the beginning of the semester when you presumably had more free time. I also think that it is important to be a tourist in your own city, too. As the semester progresses and you feel more comfortable in the city you are living in, it can be harder to remember that you are only there for a limited amount of time and you should try to make the most of it!

What is a typical day in the life when studying abroad?
A typical day for me in London consisted of having breakfast in my flat and then either walking to class on Oxford Street in the morning or taking the tube which was conveniently located near my flat. In the mornings Oxford Street would be full of people going to work or school but by the time my classes were done in the afternoon the majority of people would be tourists as it is one of the busiest streets in London. Sometimes I would have class at a museum or another location and my classmates and I would travel across the city by bus, tube, or foot to get to the correct location. It was a great way to see even more of the city and become familiar with how to get around it. And depending on what time those classes were my classmates and I would usually grab a bite to eat at a restaurant in the area. This allowed us to try out many different places and allowed us to get to know each other more. If I wasn't going to another museum or anything after class then I'd head back to my flat, usually around 4pm and then walk 10 minutes down the street to Waitrose to pick up a few grocery items before cooking dinner and then do some homework and hang out with my flat mates.