Hiya! My name is Audrey Payton. I’m a senior Communication Studies major with a minor in Business. I have worked at the Office of Study Abroad & International Student Services for almost three years, and it has been one of my favorite experiences at Southwestern.

Since childhood, studying abroad was something I had always hoped to do during college. During my junior year (Spring 2020), I was lucky enough to find the perfect program to study abroad through, API. My API program, International Business and Humanities, took me to Budapest, Hungary and gave me the opportunity to travel and see other parts of Europe. Even though this trip was cut short due to COVID-19, I was still able to meet some amazing people, jump out of my comfort zone, and adapt and immerse myself in a new, exciting, and incredible culture.

Studying abroad is an awesome opportunity, and I hope I can guide and educate other students through this process. If you believe you’re one of these students, don’t hesitate to reach out or meet with me during virtual advising to ask any questions (no question is ever too small or too large). This process can be intimidating at times, but you will have so much help and support along the way!


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