Study Abroad: Brianna Saylor

Brianna Saylor study abroad

Students in the College of Business and Technology (CBT) are taking advantage of Eastern Kentucky University’s study abroad programs. CBT students are studying abroad through a variety of affiliates and exchange programs.

Following is the next in the Study Abroad Series aimed at sharing students’ life-changing experiences studying abroad through EKU. 

Study Abroad Series: Part Twenty – Brianna Saylor

Q -  What is your major? When is your expected graduation date?

A - Insurance and Risk Management with a minor in International Studies, May 2017

Q - Where did you go? 

A - I studied at London South Bank University in London, England.

Q - Did you take a course and earn academic credit that transferred back to EKU?

A - Yes, all of my classes were credited toward my minor.

Q – What study abroad organization was your trip through? (Magellan Exchange, CCSA, KIIS, etc.)

A - KEI

Q - How long did you study abroad?  

A - 4 months, fall semester

Q - Why did you decide to study abroad?

A - Instead of graduating early, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunities available to me in college. I love to travel and the fall semester was the perfect opportunity.

Q - How did you decide to go to that particular location?

A - England is really the gateway to Europe. From there, I was able to travel throughout Europe during my time abroad.

Q - What were three of the most important things you learned from your experience studying abroad?

A - (1) The appreciation of other cultures, I loved learning new things and seeing the world through a different lens; (2) Personal independence; (3) The ability to just go with it! Some of the best experiences I had were the ones that were unplanned.

Q - What was your favorite and least favorite part of your abroad experience?

A - My favorite part was all the traveling I was able to do while studying in England. I was very fortunate to be able to experience so many cultures in such a short amount of time. My least favorite part of my study abroad experience was coming home, I didn’t want to leave!

Q - What did you gain from studying abroad that has changed you as a person and professional?

A - The freedom and independence that comes with studying abroad is so beneficial, I learned so much about myself and it really helped me grow as an individual.

Q - Would you recommend that other College of Business and Technology students study abroad? Why or why not?

A - Absolutely! The study abroad office has so many opportunities for business students.

Q - Who do students contact if they are interested in studying abroad? 

A - ‚ÄčKatie or Jennifer in the study abroad office were such a huge help to me. They made my transition so much easier.

Q - What advice would you give to College of Business and Technology students before they study abroad?

A - Meet with other students who have gone through the same program to study abroad, or meet with students who have been to that country. The advice I received was very helpful and encouraging!

Q - Since you have not graduated, how is your study abroad experience helping you with your job search?  How has it helped you network with potential employers?

A - My study abroad experience has been a great way to set me apart from other students during interviews and networking events. Potential employers appreciate well-rounded and cultured students who have gained experiences outside of their college campus.

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Find out more about Study Abroad:

Students interested in studying abroad may contact Jennifer White in the Education Abroad Office in the Keith Building, Room 129, to discuss all the program options. Jennifer can be contacted via phone at 859-622-1705 or by email at ekuabroad@eku.edu.

Find out more about International Business. Contact Dr. Lana Carnes, Chair of the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business via phone at 859-622-1377 or by email at lana.carnes@eku.edu.

Published on March 02, 2017