Congratulations to our 117th Abroad 101 Student of the week, Cecilia Mercier! Cecilia is currently a junior at Southeastern Louisiana University, in Hammond, and she is majoring in International Management with a minor in Marketing. She expects to get her Bachelor degree and graduate in May of 2018. Cecilia is a brilliant student with a 3.9 cumulative GPA. She received several honors, awards and distinctions, and was on the president’s and on the dean’s list since freshman year. Along with her academic success, she also managed to do some volunteer work for her community. Cecilia’s future plan is to further her education and get an MBA, while working at the same time.
Cecilia’s biggest passion is to travel, to discover new places and to constantly learn more about diversity, ethics, and cultures. One of her biggest asset is that she speaks fluently French, Spanish and English. To be able to speak several languages has helped her a lot when travelling, and it has also made her more open-minded and aware of different cultures. Cecilia says that what she loves the most about travelling is meeting new people with different lifestyles, she can learn a lot from them, get out of her comfort zone, discover new landscapes, and adventure the world. Through travelling, she has not only become a better person but has also learned how to adapt herself in any kind of environment and situation, to communicate and do business with people from different backgrounds, countries and culture.
In order to graduate and obtain her bachelor’s degree in International Management, Cecilia is required to go Study Abroad this upcoming Summer 2017. She will be attending the “Business, Economics & Marketing in Panama” program and will spend 10 days in Panama studying abroad. Cecilia has always been fascinated about the country of Panama, and as an International Management student, she is really excited to go there. She believes that she will learn a lot about international business, exports and imports and about opening her mind to a new lifestyle and culture. The unique geographic characteristics of Panama such as the Panama Canal, which benefits the country’s economy by having many international companies doing business there thanks to the canal, has always interested her and she’s looking forward to learning more about it. There, she will be talking to local business owners and people that have experience working internationally, so this will be a once in a life time learning experience for Cecilia and she is confident that it will help her for her future career.
However, to Study Abroad can get expensive really fast, and that’s why Cecilia decided to start a fundraising Mission. She isn’t able to come up with the money for the total cost of the trip and as she is on a Student VISA, she can only work for a small amount of hours on campus and isn’t able to save enough money for the total cost of the trip. She promises that she will use the money that she raises to pay for her flight ticket and for her food while in Panama.
We wish Cecilia all the best in Panama and hope that she will have a life changing experience there!
To check out Cecilia’s Mission and donate to her cause, click here!
The Abroad 101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce founder Melissa Davis here.
Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!