Alumni Spotlight: Kati Keenan


Kati is a 21-year-old newly graduated senior of the class of 2013 who studied abroad in the fall of 2011 at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is originally from Dublin, Ohio and goes to school at Miami University of Ohio. While abroad, Kati studied business marketing and communication. Her favorite memory of studying abroad was traveling to New Zealand and skydiving over the beautiful snow covered mountains…what a rush!

Why did you decide to study abroad with GlobaLinks?

Kati: I decided to study abroad with GlobaLinks because right from the beginning everyone was always welcoming of my questions and concerns. They provided me with so much information and never hid information between the lines. One of the major things was the parents section on the website. Both my mom and dad were hesitant about letting me go abroad but once they looked on GlobaLinks’s website they were so much more at ease. Another huge thing for me was the bridging cultures program that helps you get assimilated to the culture when you get there. You also meet people right away because you all have common ground as GlobaLinks students.

What made this experience unique and special?

Kati: This experience was so unique and special to me because of all the friends that I made while I was abroad. I have friends everywhere around the world: Sweden, Zimbabwe, China, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, England, Australia and all over America. It truly is such an amazing world that so many people from so many different cultures can get along and teach each other so many cool things. I lived in International House when I was at the University of Newcastle and I wouldn’t trade that living experience for anything. Everyone was so welcoming and just truly wanted to learn about you and your culture!

How has this experience impacted your future?

Kati: One thing I will say that is unique in the professional world is studying abroad, especially in Australia. Everyone always wants to go to Australia, that’s his or her dream. Every job interview I’ve been in they always want to talk about my experience in Australia. It has definitely made a lot of my interviews more relaxing knowing that someone in genuinely interested in my experiences and how it has made me a better person. Living in another culture is a great experience and will make you a well rounded person.

If you could do-over one thing, what would it be?

Kati: If I could do one thing over, I would stay longer. I say this all the time and I mean it 100%! Before going abroad with GlobaLinks I was very hesitant to leave home. I go to school just 2 hours away and could go home even for a night if I ever need it. When I went to Australia I wasn’t sure how I was going to do. But before I knew it, I was in love with Australia and all of the experiences that I had. I cried when I saw my parents in the airport because I knew that it was all over. I say everyday I just want to go back, why didn’t I stay for a full year? I encourage everyone to study abroad for as long as they can. It is honestly one of the best experiences you will ever have!