AIFS Intern Abroad Alum Reflects on Friendships, Personal Growth
We caught up with AIFS alum, Judi Bowen, who studied and interned abroad in 2013 with AIFS in London, England. She was so inspired by her study abroad and intern abroad experiences in London, and learned a lot about herself during the process. Read on to learn more.
How has your study abroad experience impacted your educational goals and career?
Studying abroad has given me a whole new appreciation for travel, culture, and diversity. After interning abroad, I cam home knowing that I wanted to continue working in the mental health field. I made great friends abroad that I’m still in contact with today.
How has your study abroad experience impacted other areas of your life?
Studying abroad has made me realize that there is so much out there in the world to discover and you don’t need to be afraid of the unknown.
Have you been back to your study abroad location since your time abroad?
No, I unfortunately have not but would love to.
Are you still in contact with other students or anyone you met during your time abroad?
Yes! I arrived with zero friends and walked away with being friends with some amazing people from all over the world. I recently got married in September of 2019 and two of my study abroad friends made the trip all the way to Vermont to help me celebrate my big day!
Are there any activities or traditions from your time abroad that you have continued back in the US?
Yes, drinking tea with milk.
What are your top destinations for future travel?
I would love to go to Thailand and Rome.
Any advice for students who are considering studying abroad?
I would say, go for it!! Don’t let fear stop you from having a life-changing experience.
Any advice for recently returned study abroad students?
I would recommend going to destinations they weren’t able to visit before.
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