Erica is an ambassador for Greco-Roman
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I chose to study abroad because I wanted to expand my view of the world and immerse myself in a new culture. I have always enjoyed traveling and wanted the experience of living in a country versus being a tourist. I chose Greco-Roman because I got the experience of living in multiple countries. Italy had always interested me but I had never thought about Greece and was excited to try something new.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
Our first week in Greece we had a traditional taverna dinner with our school. We were able to try A LOT of traditional food and were able to ask questions and be adventurous with our taste buds. Its culturally acceptable to eat for many hours and converse which was so different from what we are use to so it was fun to start understanding the greek culture.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
It was incredible! The experiences I lived through have changed how I think and who I am as a person. Studying abroad opened my eyes to new ideas and wonderful cultures. I was able to get close with the people I went with and locals who helped me fully understand the places I was living in.
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?
I think the biggest thing I took from studying abroad was being independent. While abroad you must be responsible for everything you are doing. Learning how to balance your time between classes and being a tourist was hard sometimes. We had to make sure we blocked out times to really keep up the homework we were assigned. I am a communication major and living abroad has opened my eyes to the way other countries use communication with their companies. The use of media is very different and every country I went to helped me gain a larger perspective of communication possibilities.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Look into all the programs before you decide where to apply and fully commit! This experience will change your lives!