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Semester Abroad: Men's Lacrosse Senior Brett Bottomley Shares His Experience in Singapore

Semester Abroad: Men's Lacrosse Senior Brett Bottomley Shares His Experience in Singapore

My name is Brett Bottomley and I am a senior on the Babson men's lacrosse team from Mercer Island, Washington. During the fall semester, I was an exchange student at the Singapore Management University (SMU) in Bras Basah, Singapore. This was my third study abroad experience while at Babson as I traveled to Japan as part of the Elective Abroad in January 2017 as well as the BRIC (Babson, Russia, India, China) program for the fall 2017 semester. I set three goals before the start of the semester in Singapore: take academically rigorous courses specific to the region, travel throughout Southeast Asia, and land a full-time job for after graduation.

SMU was established in 2000 and its education system is modeled off of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. I chose this university because of its urban campus in the heart of downtown and unique course offerings. My two favorite courses were Port Economics and Capital Markets in China. Both courses offered unparalleled insights into the opportunities and challenges of doing business in China and throughout Southeast Asia. Similar to Babson, class participation and group projects heavily influence one's overall grade. Professors are readily available to meet during office hours and genuinely care about each student. The seminar-style class environment ensures that students are not only learning from the professor, but also from each other.

Singapore's location allows for easy travel throughout all of Asia. Throughout the semester, my roommates, other exchange students, and I traveled to Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Babson's diverse study body and my prior study abroad experiences gave me the confidence to step outside my comfort zone and learn more about different cultures, languages, and cuisines. From climbing black sand dunes in Auckland to vising Buddhist temples in Ho Chi Minh City, each adventure pushed me to learn more about myself and reflect on my future ambitions. Southeast Asia is truly the growth engine of the world so it was incredibly valuable to see different cities firsthand.

Overall, my semester in Singapore was an incredible experience. I truly enjoyed the course offerings at SMU, my fellow classmates, and all of the cities I traveled to. I encourage every athlete to study abroad at some point during their time at Babson. It is important to meet with coaches, academic deans, and the Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education staff members so everyone is on the same page. Studying abroad my senior year was a risk given how important the fall is for full-time job recruiting, but I am happy to say that everything worked out as I accepted a management consulting job at Accenture. I am looking forward to getting back on campus for the spring semester and lacrosse season. I am more than happy to be a resource for anyone interested in studying abroad.