COLA Study Abroad Interview- Lindsey Bourgoin- Budapest

 

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COLA: Tell us a bit about yourself

Lindsey: I am a Junior social work major currently studying abroad in Budapest, Hungary (Spring 2018).

COLA: Why did you chose to study abroad in Budapest? Why a UNH Managed Program specifically? 

Lindsey: I knew from the start that Budapest was the right fit for my semester abroad. Financially, it is an extremely affordable country to live in. It has a bustling student/young traveler culture and night life. Not to mention its beautifully vast landscape (the flat, modern Pest side of the river and the hilly, traditional Buda side). Another big selling point to me was that Budapest is very centrally located in Europe which has made traveling to other countries both easy and affordable.

COLA: Have you been out of the country before? If so, where? 

Lindsey: Yes, prior to my semester abroad I had been to London, Dublin, Wales, and Mexico City.

COLA: What were your expectations of Budapest before arriving? 

Lindsey: I didn’t exactly know what to expect. I have never been to Budapest or Central Europe before but I had some friends who had visited Budapest while they were abroad and they all loved it there.

COLA: What was the most valuable lesson you learned from studying abroad?

Lindsey: It is important to be aware and be prepared. It is much more fun to travel when you know you don’t have to stress about something. On the other hand, don’t over plan. Be able to be flexible and go with the flow if plans change.

COLA: What has your experience taught you about yourself and the world around you? 

Lindsey: Traveling and living abroad has made me much more accepting of things that seem new and scary. It has made me more independent and vastly improved my communication skills. As someone who was relativity shy in high school, I was pleasantly surprised to find that one of my favorite things to do was meet and talk to local people in Budapest/ on my other travels. This has given me a better perspective on the mindsets and day to day lives of people in other parts of the world.

COLA: Did you travel outside your host city? If so, where was your most favorite place you went and why? 

Lindsey: Yes!! I did a great deal of traveling because Budapest’s central location made it very easy to do this. So far I have been to: Krakow, Vienna, and Prague. I spent 10 days in Italy for Spring break bussing from Venice to Rome to Sorrento/ Amalfi Coast, to Tuscany. I am also going to go to Amsterdam, Munich for Springfest, Bosnia/Sarajevo, and Paris. So far my favorite was Prague because it was a very hip art centered city. We also made very good friends with a few locals there which really improved our trip because we got to experience the city as the locals do.

COLA: Tell u about the courses you took abroad. Did you have any memorable moments in any of these courses? 

Lindsey: Our whole program takes the same classes. I took two classes taught by Hungarian professors (in English) a history course and a culture course. Then our program has a field study course in which we go into/around the city and explore different cultural monuments/exhibits-which are always really interesting. Lastly we have a creative writing class in which we focus on travel writing which is amazing because we get to document our experiences.

COLA: Why do you recommend studying in Budapest? What are some of the benefits of studying abroad there? 

Lindsey: YES! Budapest is a beautiful city with kind people and a great student culture. I have no problem getting around with speaking English. Additionally, Budapest is a perfect location to travel to other countries from.

COLA: What is one piece of advice you would give to prospective students looking to study abroad in Budapest? 

Lindsey: It’s cheesy but- it is the best thing you can do for yourself during your college years. I really can’t recommend studying abroad in Budapest enough!

 

Thanks Lindsey!

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