Hi all! As you know, this semester, PA PBL has decided that each executive board member will be responsible for writing a blog post weekly! First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Kennedy Barner and I am the PA PBL State Secretary for this year. I am a Senior at Bloomsburg University, majoring in Management. Thankfully, I accepted a full-time position upon graduation, so my senior year has been pretty stress free! I am looking forward to graduating in just a few short months!
Over winter break, I had the opportunity to study abroad through my university. For the past four years, Bloomsburg University has had a faculty led study abroad program that takes place during the winter session. This year, I was finally able to participate, along with forty-eight other Bloomsburg University students. The group of us spent roughly three and a half weeks in Central and Eastern Europe. I took three classes while abroad – two of the classes were through Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland. These two classes were Post-Communist Transformations and International Relations. I also took an online class, through Bloomsburg, which was a European Cities course. For a little over two weeks, we spent our time studying and sightseeing Poland. In Poland, I visited the Salt Mine, Auschwitz, Schindler’s Factory, Nowa Huta, and the Jewish Quarter, along with various places throughout Krakow. The group of us also had the chance to spend a few days sightseeing in Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Czech Republic. Getting to see so many countries in such a short period of time was amazing. Budapest, Hungary was by far my favorite city out of them all. I definitely recommend visiting Budapest if you ever get the chance! Studying abroad in this fashion allowed me to experience so many different cultures and come in contact with so many different individuals.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to study abroad, especially in a place with such an incredible past. I have learned so much from my three weeks abroad, and it has changed my perspective.
I had always wanted to study abroad during college, but never got the courage to do so until this past year – and I am so glad that I stepped out of comfort zone and did so. I wanted to use this blog post as a chance to reach out to all PA PBL members and encourage you all to study abroad if you can, even if it’s only for a short period of time. Not only does it look great on a resume, but it will also positively impact your personal life and not only make you a better person but also a better future business man or woman.
If anyone, even a non-Bloomsburg student has an interest in studying abroad throughout college at some point, and has any questions – feel free to contact me and I will try to answer your questions. My personal school email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading!