Alumni Spotlight: Ana Londoño

Ana Londoño is a journalism student at Emerson College, graduating in 2017. She grew up moving every couple of years and has lived in Bogota, Colombia; Caracas, Venezuela; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; Panama, Panama; Miami Florida and is currently living in Boston, Massachusetts.

Why did you choose this program?

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I choose this program because I loved the idea of learning about journalism from great industry professionals. Moreover, I wanted to study in another city without having to spend so much money and time.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The program provider assisted me with letters of acceptance (that I could use when entering the EU as a Colombian citizen). However, I needed to organize flight details and housing on my own.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

One piece of advice I would give someone going on the program is to take notes during the seminars! Not only will these be helpful when the mentor is asking questions, but they will also serve as great tools to look back at when you are back home.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Since the seminar was so content specific, a day at the program lasted two hours. This was wonderful as it gave us time to tour around the city. Every day (except the two field trip days) we had a mentor come in, we would listen to his/her lecture, and then he/she would give us interactive activities to reiterate what we learned.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was using the metro. I was scared I wouldn't understand the system but in reality it is very easy and people are always willing to help you out.

Any other advice you can give to any aspiring travelers?

Take the editorial meeting and advice the mentors give you seriously. If you focus on the comments you hear on the first day, you will be able to write a better article, and if you focus on the corrections they give you, you will write an amazing article.