"In a sense, the most 'college' thing you can do is study abroad. It is the best way to find out more about yourself and what drives you, and discover what you really want to do."
At SAU, you can learn about the world and experience the world. Sam did. As an undergraduate, he took two short-term study abroad trips, then spent a semester taking classes in London. Sam graduated on time, with three majors, and so many great stories to tell. Yes, you can do it all. We'll help.
Sam wants to become a professional actor and continue exploring the world. His future plans include visiting ancient cities and ruins in Greece and Rome, traveling to South America, and living in London. His study abroad experiences elevated his education and refined his goals, helping Sam land his current position working in a museum.
"I wanted to go to a university where I could jump in and be part of the theatre program right away. I also knew people who graduated from SAU and really loved the theatre professors. I knew I wanted to learn from them," Sam says. Our professors are experts and deeply enthusiastic about their craft, and they share their knowledge and drive with students. At SAU, you can get involved with theatre productions your first year – no matter your major – and join the ranks of Ambrosians who have been recognized as top regional actors.
Where did you study abroad?
London. Ireland. And yes, London, again. Sam doesn't let an opportunity pass. His first trip was led by SAU theatre professors. "That’s when I fell in love with London," he says. His second short-term study abroad took him to Ireland where he experienced more theatre and toured historic buildings and sites. Sam choose to spend his final fall semester at Queen Mary University in London. He immersed himself in the culture, created new friendships, and spent time in Amsterdam, Paris, and Dublin – all while earning a semester of credit.
What did you learn?
The best time to learn who you are is during college, "and there is no other place you can learn so much about yourself than in a whole different country," Sam said. He realized he wanted to perform Shakespeare while watching the Royal Shakespeare Company perform in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. The next fall, at SAU, he did. Sam's love of art and history grew as he toured museums in London and the Irish countryside. Studying abroad enables you to grow academically, culturally, personally, and emotionally. It's also a cost-effective way to experience the world while earning college credit.
How did study abroad impact you as a person?
"Study abroad helps you gain a bigger worldview and better understand the wants and needs that exist on the other side of the world," Sam says. The poverty he witnessed in London made him want to be more involved in social justice and advocacy. At SAU, that sentiment – and the resulting action – is common among our students and alumni. Ambrosians embrace diversity, advocate for social justice, and strive to make the world a better place. Those are values that tie us as a community, whether we are on campus or across the world.