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National Security Major Reflects on Time Abroad, Offers Tips to Maximize Experience

For Jessica Chambal ’20, spending five weeks in France, Switzerland, and Belgium was lifechanging, and she encourages all students to expand their horizons by studying in another country.

July 11, 2019

By Jessica Chambal ’20

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Jessica Chambal ’20 at Chateau de Villandry in the Loire Valley, France.

Studying abroad is something that every student at the University of New Haven should do. Whether it is two weeks, one month, or an entire semester, the lifelong friendships and memories you will make are priceless. Going to Europe this summer for a month changed my entire perspective on my career and the world as a whole.

I thought I would share some tips and tricks that might help the students preparing to spend the fall semester abroad.

Tip number one: Remember you are here to learn. Understanding the balance between exploring a new place with new friends and knowing when it is time to work is something everyone should know when studying abroad.

"Meet new people, and try new things. You never know when you will be back in these places!"Jessica Chambal ’20

Tip number two: Know that your professors are here to help. Whether you are struggling with work, or acclimating to a new environment, or you are getting lost in a city where people don’t speak your language, your professors are there to help you no matter what. The professors abroad want you to have the experience of a lifetime.

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Jessica Chambal ’20 in Paris.

Tip number three: Have fun! Make the most of your educational opportunities and enjoy your surroundings. Breathe in the new air and never hesitate to explore. I promise you that home will be here when you get back. Meet new people, and try new things. You never know when you will be back in these places!