After studying abroad in France for a semester, Natalie Lawrence is excited to share stories of her travels with other students on her campus. Lawrence is a junior accounting major at Bethel University and a recipient of the Horton Global Scholars Program scholarship.
“Immersion in a new culture showed me the value of the world beyond,” Lawrence said. “And I loved being in a city as big as Paris.” Lawrence was able to take business and marketing classes at the American Business School in Paris — and put all those credits to work for her, keeping her on track to graduate on time. “The courses in Paris were tough,” she said, “but being in a new learning environment and taking classes with so many students around the world was incredible.”
The Horton Global Scholars Program made going abroad possible for Lawrence. “I didn’t feel so financially strapped because the scholarship covered one semester of living abroad,” she said.
Back on campus, Lawrence has a 20-hour a week work study position, on top of being a teacher’s assistant and a tutor. She participates in the Business and Economics Association to add to her studies. Lawrence loves math and problem-solving — and “being able to apply it to the business world.”
In her last two years at Bethel, Lawrence wants to promote study abroad to others on campus. “I am now a huge advocate for studying abroad, and think everyone should try it. There were so many huge learning moments for me, like flying alone and getting a visa.” Now in her junior year, she is looking forward to finding internships that can put her passions for business and accounting to use.