Anthony is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Rome and Greece
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I'd never been out of the United States. I always wanted to go to Europe and see where my ancestors had come from. I knew that this trip would get me to two different countries, and would allow me to travel to other countries as well. I visited Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Rome, the Vatican City, Germany, England, France, Spain, and Greece. It was the trip of a life time and something I will never forget. Rome and Athens were two wonderful cities, and I had always wanted to visit each of them. Both countries have so much to offer and they are fantastic experiences.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
When I first got to Europe, me and a few buddies stopped in Rome to drop off our luggage before flying out to Hungary later that night. We got in early, and had a meeting with the bag company in the early afternoon. Lo and behold, our bags were sent to Paris, and not Rome. We were new American students in a foreign country with none of our luggage. There was a large language barrier, but we were able to get around it and talk to the airline company to find out our bags would arrive later in the morning. Everything worked out in the end. It left a lasting impression because I realized we were in a different country where people spoke little english, but there was still a way to find solutions to problems.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
The most amazing experience of my life to date. I recommend it to any student at this fine establishment. We here at CSB/SJU have a unique opportunity to study at different places all over the world with classmates and professors. You get to meet so many new people and experience things you couldn't imagine. I am friends with a plethora of new people, and can't wait to reconnect with foreigners I met abroad. It is a great bonding experience and helps you realize how amazing the world is.
Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?
Spending a semester abroad completely broadens every horizon imaginable. It truly is life changing, and once you return, you will be a different person from the person you were before you departed. Academically, it is a great way to get general credits accomplished such as fine arts and upper theologies. I already have had employers who recognize that I went abroad, and have told me that really strengthens a resume.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Be open to every new opportunity that comes your way. Do as much as you can and see everything possible in every city you visit. When you return, you will wish you had done more.