About My Study Abroad Program
Program: Chinese University of Hong Kong
Location: Hong Kong, HK
Term: Spring 2019
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I wanted to study abroad to put myself out of my comfort zone and expose myself to different cultures in order to become a more well-rounded person. I selected CUHK because I was interested in Asia and Hong Kong most aligned with my needs and skill set.
What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that I am a meticulous planner--I planned each and every trip we went on. I also learned a lot about my personality and that I thrive in new environments but I also enjoy retaining a certain level of control. I got much better about allowing things to happen naturally without planning prior.
What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
A group of friends and I were in Railay Beach, Thailand. We had booked an early flight to Bangkok and had forgotten to plan that the airport was located on a different island at least an hour away. The hotel we were staying at made accommodations for the group and told us to be ready to go at 4:00AM the next day. Our mode of transportation to the airport ended up being a small, wooden boat with a motor attached to the back. The only artificial light provided was the small flashlight attached to the drivers hat. The moon and stars were the most beautiful things I had ever seen. I knew in that moment I would never forget this memory because it was unlike anything I had ever done or would probably ever do again.
What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
I would advise future study abroad students to try absolutely everything--from the food to the experiences. Going abroad was the best time of my entire life because I was able to shed past concerns and learn so much in such a small amount of time. Be independent and do not be scared to try whatever. Make as many friends as possible because traveling in big groups is incredibly fun but being alone is also rewarding.
Would you do it again?
Yes, I would go abroad again in a second!
How did your study abroad experience prepare you for your future career?
I am now interested in working abroad which I had no interest in prior to going abroad. It also matured me exponentially since I had to plan everything and do everything for myself in a way. I believe employers also are more interested in those that have studied abroad because it gives you a more unique outlook on the world and gifts you with the tools to solve complex problems.
How were your classes abroad different than if you would have taken them at UNC?
They were quite similar apart from the fact that they gave very little homework. My biggest adjustment is the fact that many assignments did not have rubrics which is something that is almost always given out at UNC.