Santa Clara University

Kelly Buckley '12

International Ambassador


Why do you want to serve as an International Ambassador at Santa Clara University?
I had a very positive experience studying abroad and I want to help those interested in studying abroad by being available to answer any questions or concerns as well as share my experience with them. I enjoy being put into a mentoring role and would like to assist students and hopefully give them a lot of insight that will help them as they transition from SCU to studying in a foreign country.
What were the deciding factors in choosing your study abroad program-location?
My main reason for deciding to study abroad in London is my general interest in the British culture. I was in London in 2000 with my family and knew I wanted to go back. There is so much history and diversity in Great Britain which is why it appealed to me most. Looking back, it could not have been a better fit for me. I highly recommend taking a lot of time researching the places and programs you are interested in, seeking out other students who have studied abroad in those cities and ask them a lot of questions about their experience before making your final decision.
Describe a defining moment in your abroad experiences and how that experience(s) has affected you personally, intellectually, vocational, spiritually, or academically.
There isn't just one defining moment in my abroad experience. Everything I had seen or done has truly expanded my horizon on the world. I have learned so much about global issues and become more cultured in the process. It has taught me to look immerse myself in a different cultures and to not only acknowledge the similarities and differences but truly understand the reasons behind those differences.
What advises, recommendations would you give to prospective study abroad students? In retrospect, how would you prepare differently to maximize the study abroad experience?

Do a lot of research on the city you are going to study abroad in before you leave. It will help make the transition a little smoother. Meet locals and step out of your comfort zone because it is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture. Spend more weekends in your country than outside of it. While I really enjoyed traveling around Europe, there was so much to see, do and learn in London. You could live there your whole life and not see everything. Weekends are a great time to sightsee and meet locals. Also, enjoy every minute, because it goes by very fast.