Claire is an abassador who studied abroad in Italy and Greece
Major: Global Business Leadership
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
Studying abroad has been something I have always wanted to do. I have always dreamed of living in another country and Studying Abroad was the best way to make that dream come true. I decided to do the Roman-Greco program because I wanted to really get out of my comfort zone and living in two different countries seemed like the perfect way to do it. One thing that is unique to the Roman-Greco program there is so much onsite learning. Students actually get to see what they were learning about and not just look at pictures in a textbook.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
While living in Athens, there was an open air market every Friday right up the street from where I lived. Every Friday I would go to the market to get my produce for the week. I could get a huge bag of fresh produce for only a few Euros. This market was where all of the locals got their food and I felt like a local while at the market. Greeks take a lot pride in where their food comes from and the quality of what they eat. They always make sure they are getting the freshest, in-season food.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
My study abroad experience is hard to put into words! It was an incredible experience that I will never forget! Not a days goes by that I don't think about my trip. I learned so much about myself, learned how to be independent, and how to navigate foreign countries. I met an amazing group of people who became family and shared many memories with.
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?
There are so many benefits to studying abroad. On a personal level, studying abroad has made me be more comfortable in unfamiliar or uncomfortable situations. On an academic level, studying abroad has taught how to focus in unfamiliar places. On a professional level, I can easily adapt to new plans and readjust goals for new situations quickly.
What advice can you offer for CSB|SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Study Abroad! You will never regret your decision and have a life changing experience. Don't be afraid to do things that might seem uncomfortable because those will be the most memorable experiences. Don't be afraid to wander and get lost. The best adventures are unplanned. Start doing everything you want to do in a country right away. Don't tell yourself you have plenty of time because before you know it, your time abroad will be over! Learn to ask for help from locals right away. They are usually willing to help and you will have a more enjoyable experience if your questions are answered.