Lesley undergraduate student Polina Konyavsky studied and interned during a semester in England
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Polina recently returned from London, where she studied abroad at Richmond International University and worked at an internship four days a week, all while living in a dorm in Kensington, one of London’s most beautiful neighborhoods, a five minute walk from the famous Kensington Gardens.
“It was an amazing experience. Going abroad for four months you learn a lot about yourself as a person,” said Polina, 21, who is majoring in Communications and will be a senior in the fall. She took the Tube (London’s subway system) to work in the Westminster part of the city, where she interned at Lewis PR in the Millbank Tower along the Thames River.
“I learned a lot about what I want to do in my career and what it’s like to live abroad - not just as a student, but as an adult,” she said.
She took classes in Consumer Behavior and Contemporary British Culture in the evenings and Fridays, and she spent her weekends and days off sightseeing and traveling.
“There is so much to see in London and so many places to explore, and you can’t see it all in four months,” she said.
Polina is among Lesley’s many undergraduate students who seize the opportunity to study abroad in countries around the world, from Guyana to Japan, or embark on programs like Semester at Sea.
“Study Abroad is popular at Lesley, and we have more and more students doing it every semester,” said Claire Carroll, Study Abroad Director at Lesley.
Lesley students choose destinations ranging from traditional classroom study to field-based research and service learning.
“Study Abroad promotes personal growth, and one of my favorite things about working in Study Abroad at Lesley is seeing that transformation,” said Carroll. “When students come back, I can see the change. Studying abroad makes people a lot more confident, and studies have shown it makes students more employable after graduation.”
Polina explored London top to bottom, as well as many sites outside the city, including Cambridge, Oxford and Brighton. She also traveled to Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Paris, France; and Bruges, Belgium“As a person, it made me more independent,” said Polina, who is a commuter student from Newton, Massachusetts. “I live at home so I never had to be on my own. Being 3,000 miles away from my family really put me in a new place where I had to rely on myself, and it was an amazing experience.”
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