Lindsey Sweatland

Visiting Stonehenge

Name:

Lindsey Sweatland    

Majors and minors:

Marketing major and Electronic Media minor

Engagement on campus:

Circle of Excellence- Marketing Chair, Business Fellows- Leadership Circle/Mentor, Football Office Student Worker

Graduation year:

2019

Location and type of program where you studied abroad:

Early Career experience to the United Kingdom

Describe the location you studied abroad for someone who has never been there.

London was a very beautiful, old-fashioned type of place. There is so much detail and craftsmanship in the buildings and the number of museums and galleries they have available to the public for free was incredible. It was a very busy place but there was space for large parks which was very cool to see in the middle of so many buildings and people. Lastly, it was the most diverse place I have ever had the pleasure of visiting.

What was your best memory from your time abroad?

My favorite memory from this experience abroad was walking across the street from the hotel to the park that Kensington Palace was located in. I love walking through parks and through any nature type of area because I find it very refreshing and calming. It was our second to last night there and it was a nice way to wind down and reflect on our time there so far and take a breather from how fast the week was going by.

How did you plan academically to be able to study abroad?

I needed foreign language credits but I did not want to take any more Spanish and I knew I wanted to travel. Study Abroad was the best of both worlds for me. I was able to use study abroad credits as my foreign language credits.

Has study abroad changed who you are as a person?  If so, in what ways?

I think that it has opened my eyes to the rest of the world. This was the first time I was on another continent and there is something scary, but freeing, about being an ocean away. I felt older and I felt more independent, even more so than walking into my dorm doors for the first time. It almost makes you realize how big this world is and fortunate you are to even have the opportunity to be abroad.

What professional skills did you gain while abroad?

I learned to dress to impress all of the time. Everyone in London looks their very best one hundred percent of the time! I felt very out place in my hoodie. I also learned to have patience and to follow your passions.

What accomplishment are you most proud of during your time abroad? 

I am most proud of the fact that I tried new things. I tried new food, different types of tea, and I tried to immerse myself into the local culture. I also attempted to get to know everyone that was on the program. I made a lot of new friends. 

In your opinion, why should every student study abroad?

Student should study abroad because it gives you an amazing look into what is happening outside of your personal world. It is very humbling to be in a new place and there is so much that can be taken from it.