Kristina Tarnef
Business Administration
Class of 2011
Irish-American Scholars Program
University of Ulster
Coleraine, N. Ireland

How did you select your Study/Intern Abroad location?

Once I decided that I wanted to study abroad, I did research at the Study Abroad Office about the locations and universities that were available to King's students. After a thorough search, I discovered that King's offered a scholarship to students who would like to study in Northern Ireland, and after contacting many students who previously were there, I decided that Northern Ireland was the destination for me.

Why did you want to study or intern abroad?

Even before I entered my freshman year of college, I knew that before I graduated I had to study abroad. Many of my family members studied abroad during their college years and described to me how studying abroad was "an experience of a lifetime". I have always enjoyed traveling and learning about other countries' customs. Also, as a Business Administration major, it is very beneficial to become as worldly as possible because, as many know, business is global.

What were the highlights of this experience?

I find it truly difficult to answer this question because I can't pinpoint specific highlights of this experience. I loved every single second I was abroad, but if I must name one, it would be experiencing St. Patrick's Day in Dublin. It was something that I wanted to do being Irish myself, but I never imagined that I would have this opportunity. It is definitely something everyone should do in their lifetime.

What surprised you the most?

What surprised me the most about my experience was how warm and friendly everyone was to me, from the staff of the university to the people of Coleraine. I was also surprised how self-reliant I became when I studied abroad. A few examples include: taking public transportation, booking flights, cooking meals, and making new friends.

How has (or how might) this experience affect your major and future career?

Being a Business major, it is extremely important to be as well-rounded as possible, and studying abroad opened my eyes to the different approaches and customs of the world, which I believe will only be beneficial for me in the future when I embark into the business world, for it is a global world.

What would you tell students considering studying or interning abroad?

I only have two words for students considering studying or interning abroad..DO IT! You have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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