Santa Clara University

Emma Peterson '12

International Ambassador

Why do you want to serve as an International Ambassador at Santa Clara University?

I would like to serve as an International Ambassador at Santa Clara, because I spent an amazing four months in London and I want to help others have that same amazing experience. I think I have a lot of information to share, and advice to give to prospective students, especially those thinking of going to London.
 
What were the deciding factors in choosing your study abroad program-location?
 
For me, the choice came down to the components of the program, and the academics. The SCU London program has an internship component, which I found very attractive, and thought that it would be very helpful when I start looking for an internship this year, and a job next year. Another reason I chose London, is because it is an SCU program. I have a major and 3 minors, and so i had to make sure that the classes I took abroad would count towards my majors and minors.
 
Describe a defining moment in your abroad experiences and how that experience(s) has affected you personally, intellectually, vocational, spiritually, or academically.
 
I would say that my most defining moment came during my internship. I am studying what interests me at Santa Clara, but I have no idea what I want to do for a future career. When I looked at the options for London, I decided to try event planning, because it sounded interesting. Having completed my internship, I can now say that I do not want a career in event planning, which is good, because it has helped me focus in on what I do want to do after graduating. Although my internship wasn't in a field that I see myself working in, I was still able to gain many useful skills that I can take with me in the future. Aside from my internship, living in London, and traveling in Europe gave me a new perspective on life, and helped me learn a lot about myself.
 
What advises, recommendations would you give to prospective study abroad students? In retrospect, how would you prepare differently to maximize the study abroad experience?

Definitely go abroad. It's the best choice I have ever made, and it will be yours too. The entire process is exciting and nerve wracking, but in the end it's all completely worth it. I think that I was very well prepared for my study abroad experience. Santa Clara, and the ambassadors provide great information and advice, and if you listen to it you will be very well prepared. You should take that advice, and apply it to what interests you.