Study Abroad: Camille Sears

Camille Sears in Spain

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 Eleven – Camille Sears

Q -  What is your major? Are you currently a junior or senior, and when is your expected graduation date?

A - I am a public relations major with a personal finance minor and plan to graduate in May of 2017.

Q - Where did you go?

A - ​Barcelona, Spain

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

A - ​I took two classes to earn six hours of credit. One was Contemporary Spanish Society: Dictatorship to Democracy which will transfer as my humanities credit. Additionally, I took Management across Borders which should transfer back as a business elective.

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

A - I went through CISabroad (Center for International Studies).

Q - How long did you study abroad?  

A - ​I studied abroad in Barcelona for a month over the summer.

Q - Why did you decide to study abroad?

A - When talking to others students about studying abroad there were usually two responses from people: they traveled abroad and had a great time, or they regret not being able to. So I decided if I found the right program I would take the opportunity.

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

A - I had heard about Barcelona being a city with a rich art and history background, which matched the arts and humanities general education requirements I still needed to fulfill. The timing of the program was also perfect for my schedule and budget.

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

A - I learned it’s okay to be nervous when starting something new, as long as you don’t let it hold you back from taking chances. Studying abroad also taught me how to appreciate my own culture, something that I never gave much thought to beforehand. Lastly, I learned the importance of taking advantage of any opportunities to travel while in college, whether it’s to another state or another country.

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

A - My program included a weekend trip to Valencia and I fell in love with this city. There were so many fun places to go and such good food to eat. I took just as many pictures in Valencia as I did in Barcelona, so that trip was definitely my favorite experience. I also met some really great people studying abroad, and found it to be truly amazing the friendships you can build with people in just four weeks. My least favorite part about the experience was that I didn’t travel to any other countries while in Europe.

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

A - Studying abroad allowed me to be more confident and independent when it comes to starting new experiences. I like to have a plan for everything and this trip taught me how to embrace the unexpected. Traveling abroad by myself also allowed me to realize good things can come from trying new experiences. Overall, it made me realize how much more is outside of the United States and how many different cultures exist. It’s one thing to read about different cultures in books, and another to be completely immersed in a new culture. 

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

A - ​If any student has the opportunity to study abroad, I would definitely recommend it. The business sector is becoming more and more globalized so it is important for students to learn about other cultures.

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

A - ​To plan my trip I talked to Jennifer White. Students can also go to the Education Abroad Office in Keith with any questions they have.

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

A - ​Make sure the classes or internship you take will benefit your major, otherwise it can be a big waste of money. Also make sure to look at the exchange rates of currency to have a better idea of how much money you will need while abroad.

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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 the Public Relations major. Contact Dr. Fran Dickson, Chair of the Department of Communication via phone at 859-622-1871 or by email at fran.dickson@eku.edu.

Published on September 07, 2015