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Lauren Hall

About My Study Abroad Program

Major/Minor: Environmental Studies major, Business Administration minor
Program: DIS Copenhagen
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Term: Spring 2022


Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I wanted to study abroad because I am passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures. There was a lot of back and forth before I decided on Copenhagen, but it eventually stood out to me due to its reputation as a hub for sustainability. I wanted to study sustainable food, so the city that started the New Nordic food scene seemed like the perfect fit for me. I was so glad that I picked the program I did, because I was able to experience the most amazing city in the world with a great group of friends!


What did you learn about yourself?
Throughout the semester, I constantly learned and relearned about myself. I've always been an independent person, but this semester I was really able to gain a better understanding of myself and what motivates me, both in and out of the classroom. I learned to take the time for myself and just explore wherever I was at my own pace, which can seem hard to do during such a busy semester but is so important. I love the serenity and sense of accomplishment that comes from navigating a situation on your own, especially in a foreign country. After this semester, I truly feel like I gained a better understanding of my own motivations, and along with that, am now better able to understand and empathize with others, even when there is no common language.


What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
I always say that the people make the place, so I have to say that my favorite memory from the semester was meeting all the amazing people in my program. Not only did I become close with the other UNC students, but I was also able to meet amazing people from schools all over the US. Traveling with them was amazing, but I really cherished the days that we spent exploring Copenhagen and enjoying each other's company in some of the city's most beautiful spots.


What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
Lean into the uncertain! I know that every student who goes abroad is probably nervous about something, but acknowledging this and accepting it as part of the journey will help. There is so much satisfaction and joy that comes out of navigating a situation you're not 100% comfortable in, and this is how you really grow during your time abroad. Don't be afraid to ask for help, but also be confident in yourself, because you are capable of amazing things!