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Lindsey Bergner – France

Lindsey Bergner

When Lindsey Bergner embarked on her study abroad program in Euromed Management Marseille (now Kedge Business School) it wasn't her first time in Europe, or even to France. But the Mission Viejo, Calif. native chose to study in France due to a deeply imbedded love for the country that she developed in high school. "I always had a love for France," she said. "When I was in high school, I took French for four years and since the teacher was from France, she also taught us a lot about the culture. I guess she was part of the reason I came to love France."

Visits to her older sister who attended SDSU persuaded Bergner to become an Aztec. She knew she wanted to study business and chose marketing as her major since she "enjoyed the creative side of marketing."

"I went to the mandatory study abroad meeting and that's when I heard about the opportunity in Marseille. I immediately knew I wanted to do this – it was a no brainer...I can't think of ANY reason why you shouldn't study overseas."

Early in her college career, she decided she wanted to study abroad. "I went to the mandatory study abroad meeting and that's when I heard about the opportunity in Marseille," Bergner recalled. "I immediately knew I wanted to do this – it was a no brainer. I went to Teresa's* office and signed up the next day."

Bergner studied her first three years on the SDSU campus and her final year in Marseille. But in order to complete her degree program, she had to successfully complete an internship which proved to be more difficult than she anticipated. "I'd had three interviews, but didn't hear anything. So I booked my ticket back to the U.S. and decided to go on a cruise to Greece before leaving," said Bergner. "While I was on the cruise, I got word of an internship at Altea Resources, which is a service company for the oil, gas and mining industry. I responded to the opening on Sunday and got a call from their representative on Monday."

The internship allowed her to earn a B.S. in marketing from SDSU and a B.A. in international business from Euromed in 2012. Bergner's internship was so successful that Altea sponsored her visa and hired her as a full-time employee based in Paris. After Bergner explained to the representative from Altea that she was scheduled to return to the U.S. just four days later, he called her back that afternoon telling her to cancel her ticket - she could start her internship right away as a recruitment consultant.

Even with her formal study abroad experience behind her, it still has a lasting impact on her life. "With my work, there are so many countries that I didn't even have on my radar before, but now I can't wait to explore them," she said. "Study abroad is so fun – you get to meet people from all over the world and you learn so much about the world and yourself. I can't think of ANY reason why you shouldn't study overseas."