My name is Emily Bagdasarian, and I am at a crossroads here in life. This fall, I am migrating back across the pond to my European roots, something I’ve been dreaming of since I left my homeland seven years ago. I will be studying abroad for a semester in the bustling city of London. Jolly ole England is calling my name, and by answering it’s call, I am earning a minor in British Communications and Media. Currently, I am a sophomore double majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Media Arts and Design at James Madison University located in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
When asked the question “where are you from,” I am quick to respond, “I’m from all over the place.” During my lifespan of nineteen years, I have lived in nine different homes ranging across the globe from Germany to Georgia. Großbissendorf, Germany is the closest thing to a “hometown” I’ll ever get. Cobblestone streets and hidden alleyways made up my playground as a young girl. It’s hard to capture that same feeling here in Virginia, and for that I miss Europe. Living in the city of London will be a healthy fix to my European addiction. As an ardent art lover, museums are a girl’s best friend, comforting yet thrilling. I wish I had enough time to complete a minor in Art History, but gallery hopping will help fill the void. Weekend excursions to museums and cultural sites will intensify my academic and personal growth. Also, London boasts of many parks and gardens, such as Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, perfect for running and biking. Every street corner or flea market seems embedded with history lessons that make textbooks come alive. You can read all the articles and books you want on a specific culture, but you can’t fully understand it unless you plunge head first into its waters. Immersing myself into another culture is a thrilling experience.
Through studying abroad in London, I hope to gain valuable contacts while creating a reliable network for myself. Post graduation, I wish to return “home” to Europe, and England seems to be the best fit for my aspirations and dreams. An internship in England would provide me with essential life and career skills while experiencing the British lifestyle firsthand. International experience is a critical and impressive part of any résumé, and global-minded employees are in high demand in today’s job market. Graduating students with internships on their résumé have a much better chance of landing a full-time position or job upon graduation.
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Fall 2013 Classes:
SMAD 360L British Media and Society
SCOM 347L Communication, Diversity & Pop Culture in the U.K.
SMAD 301L Culture by Design
SMAD 463L Film Adaptations: British Literature and Film
SMAD 472L Media and Politics
*The money raised will go directly towards my plane ticket and tuition fees for studying abroad! This does not count as my “pocket money”.