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Samuel Coble

About My Study Abroad Program

Major/Minor: Pre-Business/Management and Society with a Conflict Management Minor
Program: Carolina Global Launch, University of Stirling Scotland
Location: Stirling, Scotland
Term: Fall 2022


Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I chose to participate in Carolina Global Launch because after getting into college I was still very unsure on what I wanted to study, and the opportunity to take my first semester abroad would allow me to learn just as much about myself and the location I choose to study abroad in.


What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that I feel most fulfilled when I'm surrounded by new people, and experiencing new places. This is something I am going to consider throughout the rest of my life when it comes to exciting opportunities at UNC, and post-graduation careers.


What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
My favorite memory is the overnight excursion we did to Oban. The city of Oban itself was full of traditional Scottish charm, and this experience allowed me to connect with other members of the study abroad program. I remember wandering the main streets and shops of Oban with some of my closest friends our first night and getting to know one another that night, on bus rides, boat rides, and dinners formed the foundation for a great and comfortable experience abroad.


What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
I would advise new students to remember that they are only there for a set number of days, and a relatively short time. Realizing the way each day holds lessons, and experiences that will never come again helped me explore new places, meet new people, and be full of excitement for each day of my program, whether it was simply a day of class, or exploring the Isle of Skye.


How do you identify?
Rural County Resident


Could you share any experiences where your identity played a role in your time abroad?
Growing up in a rural community, I was nervous about being surrounded by so many people I had never met before. Thankfully everyone I met, and my fellow CGL members where all great people who welcomed new friendships and opportunities.


Is there any advice you would give to other students who share your identity?


If you faced any challenges abroad, where could you turn to get the support you needed?