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Megan Szabo

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design


Minor/option/emphasis: General Business

Year: Junior
Hometown, State: Morrison, Illinois

Type of experience: Fall 2019 Study Abroad
Experience: London College of Fashion Business Semester
Experience website: https://www.arts.ac.uk/colleges/london-college-of-fashion/courses/study-abroad/fashion-business-semester
Destination: England

Overall experience..
Hands down the best experience of my life!! I have learned so much over the past 3 months at LCF and wouldn't get the same exact experience anywhere else. I had the experience of working hands on in the classroom with industry professionals, met new life long friends, and had the opportunity to travel to 5 other countries. Studying abroad was the best decision I have made for myself. I definitely look at life completely different now, in a good way.

I learned...
Talking to my academic advisors about studying abroad and older AMD students who studied there before.

An impact to my life...
Being able to live in another country for 3 months really impacted my life. It's just like moving out of your home when you first go to college, but even scarier. I was so nervous about leaving the U.S. by myself, but it was such a good life experience. I was able to put myself in another culture and live as if I was a local. I didn't have anyone telling me how to do it or what was right from wrong, I just went for it. London has let me get out of my comfort zone and explore new things. Something different, something I needed. London really opened up my eyes in so many aspects. I have come to realize what I am really passionate about and what I want to do after graduating ISU. LCF's classes are hands on and being taught by industry professionals who still work in the industry on a day-to-day basis. They all have personal stories to tell of what the industry is like or what they have experienced, whether it happened 10 years ago or just last week. All the tutors gave me a feel of what it will be like to work in the fashion industry.

My most valuable learning experience...
Majority of my classes were group based, which was difficult at some times. Towards the end of the semester, one of my group mates didn't put any effort into our final project so I decided to take the lead and finish the project as best as I could. I talked to the tutor about the situation and what was happening, but they recommended I try my hardest to finish the project to the best of my ability without their help. Our tutor ended up loving our project. This project taught me that the industry isn't all about who put in the most effort, it's about the end product. In the fashion industry you have to be able to make things happen no matter what the situation is and put 110% effort towards it.

I will never forget...
Getting off the tube to go to class the very first day. I had chills, thinking of "oh my gosh this is finally happening." Seeing all of the historical buildings, being in the heart of London, seeing all the taxis and double decker busses was astounding to me. I couldn't get over how beautiful the city was. It's definitely different than any other major city in the U.S. No skyscrapers, all historical buildings. So pretty and different.

A surprising discovery...
I wasn't expecting London to be so diverse. The very first week I arrived, I noticed how there were so many different types of people from all around the world living in the city. It honestly was a great thing for me to experience and it has definitely changed my perspective on life itself. Growing up in a small farm town to living in London was such a culture shock, but it was for the best.

Advice for others...
If you are thinking about studying abroad, DO IT!!! Even if it is for a short period of time, DO IT!!! It has been the best decision of my life, so far. I was so scared even thinking about leaving, but you got to be a little scared when trying something new. Do it, I promise it will be for the best and will give you a whole new perspective on life.

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