When I applied for EUSA’s study abroad program, I did it on a whim. One of my friends and I had toyed with the idea of doing internships in London through the EUSA program, and the day before our applications were due, we said, ‘were we going to do that?’ I set out working on a CV, an essay, and various other parts of the application that night. I thought, well I’ll turn it in if I get it done. I was a sophomore at the UW applying to the Foster School. I was a fairly confident person but not when it came to getting into the business school, picking a concentration, or deciding where I wanted my career to go.
The experience and confidence gained by participating in the EUSA internship program was life changing. I spent a summer in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, working on a multi-million dollar project at Barclays Wealth and being truly responsible for myself.
I feel like I “grew up” in a professional, mature sense. I learned so much about myself, my abilities, my interests, and really what I am capable of.
I returned to UW last fall confident in myself, the concentration I was picking, and my ability to start an exciting career in finance after graduation. When I look back at the personal development that took place in a matter of months, I am astonished. Interning abroad in London was a blast, and one of the smartest things I’ve done in college.