Q&A With Student Worker Team Member: Aimee Stonelake
Q: What do you do at BCA Study Abroad? What is your favorite part of your job?
A: At BCA, I help students figure out which study abroad program would be best for them and guide them throughout the study abroad process. My favorite part is learning about all the programs available and being able to help students on their study abroad adventure.
Q: What is your favorite travel memory?
A: In New Zealand, my favorite travel memory is when my flatmate and I slept in a car for the weekend instead of paying for a hotel or Airbnb. It was the most uncomfy, funny experience.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give a student thinking about studying abroad?
A: Don’t hesitate! If you are thinking about studying abroad but are having some doubts, I promise that you can work through them. Study abroad programs want you to study abroad and will help you to achieve that goal. Also, it is hard being away from home for so long, but it is worth it and home will always be there when you need it.
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Yes, too many to count! Currently we have two dogs, five cats, six chickens, and a goat. There will probably be another furry animal added to the family by the end of this year.
Q: Did you study abroad? If so, where and what inspired you to study abroad?
A: Yes, I studied abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand with BCA! When I was a junior in high school, one of my older sisters, Abbie, studied abroad in Orvieto, Italy. After her program was finished, my oldest sister, Katie, her husband, and I met up with Abbie in Germany. It was my first time outside of the country and during that trip, I fell in love with the German culture and learned more than I would from sitting in a classroom. New Zealand has always been one of my top destinations to visit and I do not know if I will ever get the chance to go back.
Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Mint chocolate chip, although if we are talking about New Zealand ice cream, definitely hokey pokey or fresh fruit strawberry ice cream.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: Read books…if you give me a book chances are you will never see me! I also love to hang out with people, especially my friends and family. Spending time outside and enjoying nature is also a must in my life.
Q: Before you travel to a new place what research do you do to learn about the host community, local cultures or the impact of your visit?
A: Before I travel, I try to familiarize myself with the culture and what is considered to be normal there. In my opinion, it is important to know dos and don’ts.
Q: What was your favorite part of your BCA study abroad experience?
A: Having a small “family” away from my real family. It was nice to have a resident director who supported me and helped guide me throughout my time abroad. Also, the program is small enough that you can get to know every individual in your program and become friends with them. When times got hard, you always knew that you had people to come back to and understand you. Also, the amount of support the BCA team provided whether that be abroad or here in America.