Introducing Muhammad Ahmed Bahram Khan, our February 2017 IES Abroad Ambassador of the Month! He studied abroad on our European Union Program in Spring 2016, where he enjoyed visiting the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. A junior at Gustavus Adolphus College, Khan majors in International Management and minors in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies, and Political Science with a focus on European Politics.
In this interview, he opens up on his personal growth while abroad and explains one of his life mottos: never take opportunities for granted!
IES Abroad: What does study abroad mean to you?
Muhammad Ahmed Bahram Khan: A time where your world is redefined.
IES Abroad: What would you tell someone who’s on the fence about studying abroad?
MABK: Studying abroad is a life-changing experience. You not only learn new things from a different perspective, you explore more about yourself.Opportunities come and go. If you miss a chance, you might never get it again. Always make use of these opportunities, which will shape you into a better person.
IES Abroad: What tips would you give students to help them make their host country feel like home?
MABK: Life abroad is not permanent. Whatever challenges you face while adapting to a different culture will eventually go away. Complaining and rejecting others' way of life will only make it difficult for you to understand people. Therefore, always approach things with an open mind.
IES Abroad: How has your identity been affected by your study abroad experience?
MABK: I have become a more global citizen after my study abroad experience by seeing the world from multiple perspectives. I became more accepting of people's decisions and choices because everyone has a story behind their actions. Now I see how each person is unique in their own way, and I understand how people's experiences shape them regardless of who they are and where they come from.
IES Abroad: If you could go back in time and tell yourself one thing before studying abroad, what would it be?
MABK: Enjoy this time and opportunity because it might never come back!
Thank you, Khan!
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