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Khadija Amarir

In the fall of 2023, Khadija, a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing, traveled to the United Kingdom to study at the University of Leeds. She shares why she chose to study abroad, favorite memories, and advice for future students.

Khadija in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Q: Why did you choose to study abroad?

A: I chose to study abroad because I think it’s the perfect opportunity to be immersed in a new culture and to learn from so many people from all over the world. I’ve always wanted to study abroad because learning in a new country with a new system and being surrounded by international students can allow you to gain new experiences and perspectives. I was also looking forward to traveling within the UK and Europe to visit various places. 

Q: What is one of your favorite memories from studying abroad so far?

A: One of my favorite memories from study abroad would have to be meeting people from all over the world. I never thought I’d be surrounded by people from so many different cultures and backgrounds. It was an amazing experience to be able to converse with and connect with them over our similarities and differences. Ultimately, making friends from all over would have to be one of my favorite memories from studying abroad. 

Q: Where were you able to travel during your time abroad? What were some of your favorite things about your host city?

A: I traveled throughout England to multiple cities such as Manchester, London, and Liverpool. I was also able to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, which was one of my favorite cities. Additionally, I traveled to Florence and Paris which were amazing places to visit. My favorite thing about Leeds was how diverse it was; the majority of students were international. Another thing I loved about Leeds was how walkable the city was and that there were so many things to do in the city. The locals were very welcoming and helpful with anything you needed as well. 

Khadija in Paris.

Q: How do you think studying abroad contributed to your future career goals and academics?

A: Studying abroad has given me the opportunity to grow and develop so much as a student. Since I am majoring in business administration, I learned how to conduct business on an international level. Conversing with peers and professors in my business courses allowed me to observe and understand cultural business etiquette of a new country. Additionally, I was provided with the opportunity to network internationally with my peers, professors, and advisors. Being taught by a completely different system and curriculum allowed me to adapt my method of studying and learn practical work which has now benefited me being back at NC State with my courses and projects.

Q: What is a challenge you’ve faced while abroad and how have you overcome it?

A: The biggest challenge I faced would probably have to be adapting to the new academic system. Courses in Leeds are taught very differently; they are more hands on and practical which was new to me. I was able to adapt to the different system by reaching out to my professors and making sure to ask questions and also conversing with local students and my peers helped a lot. 

Q: What advice do you have for future study abroad students?

A: My advice for future study abroad students is to do it all. Go in with an open mind and try new experiences. Immerse yourself in the culture of the country, meet new people and make friends, and take pictures of everything. Don’t let the fear of not knowing anybody or not being familiar with your new environment hold you back. Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity for you to not only grow as a person but also develop in your academics as well. Time goes by really fast so try to do everything you can and enjoy it before it’s over.

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