Conor
Jones

Honours Bachelor of Commerce
Hawkesbury, ON

During my Lakehead degree, I had the opportunity to do an international exchange. I studied at the Umeå School of Business and Economics in Umeå, Sweden – one of the larger cities in Northern Sweden.

Studying abroad has always been something that I have wanted to do. The idea first surfaced from when I was travelling a number of years ago. I wanted to be able to travel somewhere in the context of 'living' rather than merely 'visiting.' Being able to establish a routine in a completely different culture seemed like a very attractive idea to me.

In so many ways I feel this experience has enhanced my education. Stepping outside of our culture and into the day-to-day life of another community and country gave me a whole new perspective of things. My biggest takeaway from studying abroad was how similar we all are. After a little while you begin to notice that aside from all the noticeable differences, such as language and culture, we are all cut from the same cloth.