Program: UF in Vietnam - Internship; Universitat Bonn; Hochschule Osnabrück
Program Type: UF Sponsored; UF Exchange
Major: International Studies; Dual Languages (German & Chinese); Combined MIB
Minor: Spanish; Business Administration
Office Hours: Wednesday 11:45 am - 12:35 pm
Hi, my name is Sydney Patterson! I studied abroad and interned in Summer 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as a part of the UF in Vietnam Program. Then I studied abroad in Fall 2019 in Bonn, Germany through a UF Sponsored Exchange with the University of Bonn. Lastly, I studied abroad and interned in Spring 2020 in Osnabrück, Germany through a Warrington Sponsored Exchange at Hochschule Osnabrück. I was inspired to study abroad in Vietnam because I wanted to expand my professional work experience by completing an internship at the same time as widening my cultural horizons. I had never been to Asia before and I had always wanted to experience Southeast Asian culture. I decided to study abroad in Bonn because I had taken German since high school and I wanted to improve my German language abilities, so I decided to take the majority of my courses in German. I found out about a semester-long internship program in Osnabrück, so I was determined to expand my finance work experience. Thus, I studied business and interned in Managerial Finance in Osnabrück. My study abroad experiences changed my outlook on life, my professional goals, and my personal goals. I was able to learn German, learn how to work in a foreign country, and learn how to assimilate within very distinct societies being Vietnamese society and German society. Today the experiences that I have gained from study abroad have led me to build connections with people from around the world, taught me values that I apply to my everyday life, and opened doors to professional opportunities. I found that studying abroad eradicating the bubble I was living in, the stress of getting certain grades, being involved in certain organizations, and the life that we live as college students. It allowed me to take a step back and learn that there’s so much beyond the Swamp, different perspectives to learn from, different cultural practices to engage in, and most importantly the most amazing people to connect with.