My name is Peyton Gutierrez and I am an information systems major at Louisiana State University. After college, I plan to get my masters in data analytics at LSU. On Campus, I’m very active in my sorority Delta Gamma, and other campus organizations like Love Your Melon. Everyone who knows me knows that I’m always looking for my next big adventure, my next place to visit. This past summer I attended IBS Summer Europe study abroad program that started in the UK, ended in Germany and hit several countries in between. I chose this seminar for one simple reason; I wanted to see it all. This program allowed me to visit 6 different countries without being confined to a classroom, find myself, and make lifelong friends along the way! I don’t have any solid future travel plans (yet!) but I hope they will include Winter Southeast Asia Seminar!
Hear more directly from Peyton:
Why did you choose your IBS vs. any other study abroad program?
I chose the Summer Europe Seminar because of all of the places it visited, and the fact that I wouldn’t be confined to a classroom. There’s no better option than this program to learn about international businesses and yourself while getting to see the world. Instead of traditional learning, IBS takes you to businesses around Europe to meet their executives and hear about what they do first hand! This makes the “study” part of study abroad so much fun. You don’t even realize you’re learning. Then after, you get to venture off and explore the cities for yourself!
Being able to travel to multiple cities and countries, what travel advice do you have for future students?
Some travel advice I have for future students traveling to multiple cities and countries is to have a little bit of each type of currency. It’s easier than trying to split a check and download Venmo, you’ll need it. Also, to make sure you get to do everything you want to while you’re in Europe make a list of things you want to do and things you want to see in each country beforehand. If you don’t know of anything, look up stuff. Also, keep in mind for some places (especially in London) you’ll need to make reservations in advance.
Do you intend on interning/working abroad in the future – if so, what did you learn from your seminar that will help you work/live abroad?
In the future, I would love to intern or work abroad. This seminar prepared me for that because I got a taste of each culture. Through this I know that in every country you visit you need to be respectful of where you are and their languages and traditions.
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