I hope all of you are enjoying your summer break! Although I’m home in Cleveland for the summer, I found out that several of my friends took advantage of an Ohio State experience called Maymester Study Abroad. This is when students can participate in a program during the month of May (after spring semester finals end) that allows them to visit a different country. I interviewed them about their experiences so I could share them with you. Here’s the first of the interviews, from my friend Elizabeth.
(photo credit: Elizabeth)
1. Where did you go and what kind of things did you do there?
I went to Ottawa, Canada. Most of the time I was there, I was interning in the office of a member of parliament. I got to do a lot of legislative work. During the week, I went to a lot of receptions and events on Parliament Hill. On the weekends, we went and explored the Ottawa and Gatineau, Quebec area. One weekend we took a trip to Quebec City, Quebec. There, we toured the city and visited the National Assembly of Quebec. The next day we spent a night in Montreal and explored that city. We visited many museums in Ottawa too. My favorites were the Museum of Canadian History and the National Gallery of Art.
2. What did you do to prepare for the study abroad experience?
I took two political science classes last semester. One was on the Canadian political system and the other was a seminar to learn about the MPs that each of us would be working with and to get up to speed on Canadian current events.
3. What was your favorite part of doing Maymester study abroad?
I absolutely loved the opportunity to live and work in a new city. I’m a nerd so I loved the work I was doing. But even more so, it was incredible to get engaged in the city and find a community there.
4. What advice would you give to someone who wants a study abroad experience?
Find a study abroad that really interests you and fits. Because I’m an RA, I can’t do a semester long program so I knew that I had do a Maymester program. I stumbled upon the Canadian Parliamentary internship program at the STEP expo and at the time I was doing an internship at the Ohio Senate. I really enjoyed the work I was already doing, so between the opportunity to get more experience in the field I think I want to go into and the timing, this program was a perfect fit for me. Don’t feel like you need to go somewhere exotic or for a long time to have an amazing experience.
(photo credit: Elizabeth)
Thanks for sharing your experience, Elizabeth–it sounds awesome! Stay tuned for more Maymester interviews in the next few weeks!