Study Abroad: Kaytlin Siegmundt

Kaytlin Siegmundt's trip to Paris

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 Twelve – Kaytlin Siegmundt

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

A - Marketing with Psychology minor

Q - Where did you go?

A - ​Paris, France

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

A - ​Yes. I took two psychology classes.

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

A - KIIS (Kentucky Institute for International Studies)

Q - How long did you study abroad?  

A - 4 weeks

Q - Why did you decide to study abroad?

A - I have always wanted to travel to a different country, and I needed two more classes to complete my psychology minor. Thus, I stumbled upon the study abroad opportunity for Paris, in which I would take two psychology classes.

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

A - I knew it was a popular location, plus I’ve always had a fascination with that particular area because my mother had traveled to Paris.

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

A - I gained a great perspective about how different other cultures can be, and how important it is to be able to adapt and respect another’s cultural differences. Always bring a journal. I am so thankful that I recorded my daily activities because it’s a great feeling to read them and feel like I am being transported back to Paris.

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

A - My favorite part was the history of Paris. Paris is an unbelievably, historically rich city. The buildings themselves were sometimes over 100 hundred years old.

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

A - I gained a lot of new knowledge and experience. It opened me to a whole new world of business and opportunities. For example, in France most businesses close by 9:00 pm. This was certainly a rude awakening when the late night munchies hit. I was used to the 24/7 operations in America.

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

A - ​Absolutely! It was an amazing experience and so much fun.

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

A - ​You can contact the study abroad office, look up opportunities, or look for study abroad booths at campus events.

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

A - ​Be open to the new experience, and make sure you’re prepared.

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 - It is helping me stand out from other competitors that are applying for the same job. Employers are a lot more interested if they see that you have had an international experience.

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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 Marketing major. 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 September 14, 2015