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Perspectives Abroad- From Two of our Her Campus Members

Many people study abroad their junior years, and it just so happened that most of our junior, Her Campus members studied abroad this fall! As much as we miss them, we are so excited to hear about their unforgettable and memorable experiences. This past week, we interviewed two people in particular, Greta Massey and Kayla Schmalz, the founders of the Her Campus Chapter at SLU! Here is what they had to say about their experiences in London and Prague thus far:

Greta Massey

Where are you studying abroad?

    I am currently studying abroad in London through the St. Lawrence program.

How has your experience been?

    So far my time here has been unreal, filled with great food, people, and culture. I have the opportunity to travel around Europe, visit my friends who are studying in Europe, and meet new people. I couldn’t be more happy about my experience.

What do you miss most about SLU?

    I definitely miss the people, but what I miss most is the Ticker. I miss school so much, but I am so lucky to be in such an amazing place for an entire semester!

What do you miss about Her Campus?

I miss Her Campus a lot as well. Kayla and I decided to start this club at SLU last semester. It was hard to let go of it when going abroad, but I am excited to see how it has developed and grown when I get back to campus!

Kayla Schmalz

Where are you studying abroad?

    I am studying in Prague! There is so much to love about this beautiful city.

How has your experience been so far?

    Before going abroad, it was hard for me to even think about spending a semester away from St. Lawrence, but what other time in my life would I have the opportunity to go to such an incredible place for four months?! I have had the opportunity to travel around Europe, see my friends, and learn about myself and the surrounding culture.

    Prague has it all; I don’t think I will ever get enough of the breathtaking castles and cathedrals, the walks down the cobblestone streets, the cheap cost of living (beer is cheaper than water), and the infamous postcard views of the Charles Bridge.

What advice do you have for people who are considering going abroad?

    Go abroad. Just do it. I’ve never heard one story where someone goes abroad and regrets their time across the pond. At the very beginning of my time abroad, I felt anxious. I kept getting these feelings of extreme fomo and thought I was missing out on everything that was happening at school.
Yes, you might not be constantly surrounded by all of your friends, but there will be a moment of realization where you know you made the right decision. My moment happened to be off the coast in Italy. Some friends and I arranged for a private boat tour for the day off of Amalfi, Positano, and Sorrento. It was 75 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, music was blasting, caprese sandwiches were being eaten and champagne bottles had been popped. I didn’t have a single worry in the world. This is when I knew I made the right decision to travel abroad.

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