O’Neill student Charity Mawi reflected on her enriching study abroad experience in Barbados last summer.
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What attracted you to the Barbados summer program?
MAWI: What drew me to the Barbados summer program was the course content and the beautiful island. I was intrigued by the Global HRM course description and wanted to learn more about it.
What advice would you give students who are hesitant about studying abroad?
MAWI: I want to advise students who are hesitant about studying abroad: just do it because you never know what you are capable of until you try it by yourself. There are also various scholarships available to assist you financially. Studying abroad will open doors for new experiences and a great networking opportunity.
How has studying abroad benefitted you as a person?
What benefitted me the most is that it broadened my HR knowledge because it allowed me to develop a wide range of HR expertise with a global perspective. It boosted and developed my confidence, expanded my networks, and encountered various learning concepts.
What is your favorite memory, story, or experience while studying abroad in Barbados?
MAWI: I have so many memories that it’s challenging to pick a favorite. As a group, we did so many activities and explored together. So, if I had to choose one, it would be a group activity in which we spent the day together on a 5-hour catamaran cruise across Barbados’ west coast. The group had the opportunity to swim with sea turtles in the warm Caribbean waters. It was a worthwhile experience, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I am incredibly grateful to Professor Dan, who arranged for us to go on a tour (sightseeing) around the island, which was a unique experience. Along with learning about new cultures, I had the privilege of exploring the beautiful islands. The experiences I had being there will and forever remain one of the most memorable times and experiences I’ve had in my life.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
MAWI: One fun fact about me is that I am introverted until you get to know me. I enjoy exploring new places and I love photography and taking pictures. Additional fun fact is that I have been wanting to learn how to swim.