CAS '20 Abigail Presti

SA: Chinese University of Hong Kong

Program Abroad:

  • Semester Abroad (SA): Chinese University of Hong Kong

Ask me about...

  • Balancing traveling while abroad - I managed to visit eight other countries while still focusing on my studies

  • Jumping into a program where I knew no one and felt a little clueless, but managed to survive and make great friends

  • Traveling to Asia for the first time - many of the friends I made had family in China or had traveled to Asia before - I had no connections but still felt completely comfortable and supported

My Experience Abroad:

While studying at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, I was able to fulfill some requirements for my cognitive science major. I had the awesome opportunity to take linguistics classes that looked at language from a Cantonese/Hong Kong perspective, rather than an English/American perspective - it was so interesting to connect Chinese linguistics to what I've learned at Penn. I also had the chance to finally put to use my Mandarin - a language I have been studying at Penn for two years!

Other Highlights:

  • Traveling to eight other countries

  • Practicing my Mandarin in real-life scenarios

  • Making life-long friends

  • Exploring and completely embracing a new, familiar culture

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