Meet James McCoy

Program and Location:

Summer, FYI Prague; Prague, Czech Republic


Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy

Why did you choose to study abroad?

To have new experiences and to travel to a place I’d never been. To meet new people.

What did you learn about yourself?

I really enjoy traveling and the freedom it can afford.

What was one of your favorite parts of your program?

It was great to meet new people before freshman year even starts, in addition to exploring a new city with a different culture and language and learning to adapt to new environments.

What advice do you have to future study abroad students?

Do it. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. You have your whole life to work and earn money (maybe to travel maybe not) but this is the one time in your life you don’t have serious responsibilities to attend to so a few weeks or months away doesn’t put you so far behind.

How did your study abroad experience prepare you for your future career?

It opens me up further to different cultures that I could be interacting with as an engineer. New perspectives always help, especially when problem solving.

Would you do it again?