Following internships with the world’s largest commercial real estate and investment firms CBRE and Colliers International, John Schenk ’20 sought an abroad program that would continue to expand his knowledge of urban environments. The medieval architecture in Edinburgh, Scotland as well as the thriving arts scene – which has placed events such as the Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival on the global stage – convinced Schenk that Edinburgh was the right place to study abroad.
Schenk says rigorous preparation from his internships have translated perfectly into his semester in Edinburgh. Every day, he uses skills he learned at HWS to navigate the large and unfamiliar city and make meaningful connections with the people he meets.
“I give credit to the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education whose efforts are unparalleled in teaching the importance of work experience, business etiquette, involvement and exposure,” says Schenk, a double major in economics and English.
With his passion for urban environments, Edinburgh has proved to be an excellent case study for understanding the psychology of city life.
“Living in Edinburgh exposes the realistic nature of how a large city, in general, is an unsympathetic, clock-in or clock-out, centre of business.” Though at the same time, Schenk reflects, students who take advantage of study abroad gain a competitive advantage as they learn how to “spend time in a foreign environment.”
Through the Colleges’ No. 1 ranked study abroad program, Schenk studies alongside Scottish and international students. He is enrolled in a variety of courses ranging from “Strategic Management” and “Business Economics” to an immersive “Scottish Culture and Heritage” course that includes excursions to historic landmarks throughout the Scottish countryside, including trips to Glasgow, the Edinburgh Castle, Linlithgow Palace and The Kelpies.
“As a part-time resident in Edinburgh, I’ve found that the folks who call Edinburgh home are overjoyed for its visitors to experience Scottish culture and heritage, and I am eager to learn,” Schenk says.
On campus, Schenk is a member of Young Americans for Freedom and Kappa Alpha Society.