"I think the most impactful experiences for me were those in which I didn’t just learn about a culture, a tradition, history, politics, or language, but actually encountered them and experienced them outside the classroom."
"Studying abroad adds a whole new layer to your personality and life experience. As you learn more about yourself abroad, you find what life goals and career paths are most appealing, are better prepared for introspective interviews, and become more marketable."
My BCGS study abroad experience paved the way for my return the following summer to work as an EMGIP fellow in the German parliament and my graduate studies at the London School of Economics in European Politics.
What I study at Columbia is completely different than most of what I was studying in Kenya, but it didn’t matter.
I learned confidence and humility while abroad. Nothing forces you out of your comfort zone like being a different country. This is something we take for granted when we've gotten comfortable in our own environments, but is so crucial to our development.
I am grateful to BCGS, as the year I spent in Berlin has academically and socially prepared my life after college.
"My European literature class in Denmark focused on how place is written into texts. The techniques that we used for mapping are something that I decided to adapt and use for my senior essay at Columbia. The intersection of literature and visuality is something that has come to inform my studies at Columbia."
It was BCGS that built my confidence to live and work in Germany permanently after graduation.
“I came back realizing that these four years aren’t about becoming something great or discovering your destiny but about learning how to be a better person and how to be a member of a community, locally or globally.”