Study Abroad Changed My Career Path.
Julia Vasinda ’11
I was immediately interested in Arcadia’s MAPs program because I hadn’t seen that kind of program at any other school I looked at. I am from Texas, and I figured since I was already going halfway across the country, I might as well go halfway across the world. I spent three semesters abroad, first at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Then I went to the Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy, and first semester senior year I interned at International Friends while attending London College of Fashion and City University in London, England.
My time abroad influenced me more than any other single experience in my life. It has definitely helped me academically, as the school systems abroad are extremely different from the United States, and I believe it gave me an edge on my work once I returned. I also focused my entire senior thesis around the benefits of study abroad and how it can change students, so I would say it almost took over my academic career. As for my career path, it changed that as well. As a Global Media major with a Fashion Studies concentration, I originally wanted to work for a fashion magazine. While I still love fashion, I have found that I am much more interested in travel and international education. I also still love writing and media, so I am hoping to find some way to combine all three into some kind of new career.