Santa Clara University

Jorge Gomez '13

International Ambassador

 

Why do you want to serve as an International Ambassador?
Last year, the pre-departure orientation really helped me get somewhat of an idea of what to expect for my study abroad experience. Although it didn't compare to actually being there, it gave me a foundation of what I should expect and it really helped. As an International Ambassador, I would hope to take what I learned while studying abroad to help anyone that is looking to study abroad in the upcoming year.
Deciding factor for studying abroad?
I did the SCU London program. I picked that program because I have always wanted to visit London and it fit well with my major and the classes I needed to take. I also liked that the program had an internship component because it was also able to give you hands on experience in a professional setting. The fact that it was in another country was nice as well, since you got to experience a workplace different from that in America, which was an interesting experience.
Defining Moment Abroad?
A defining moment in my study abroad experience was the coach tour that we had the first weekend. During that tour, we were able to see London's landmarks and it hit me that I was actually in another country. It made me realize that I was going to be living in a foreign place and soaking up their customs and culture, which made me even more open to the experiences that I was going to have during my time abroad.
Advice to Prospective study abroad students?
My advice to prospective study abroad students is to be curious. Explore the are that you're in and take advantage of the fact that you're in another country to try and learn the customs and culture of another place. In retrospect, I would take the days where I didn't do much after class to explore or re-explore an area and just to try and meet more people from the area.