Maxfield Rotert

Maxfield is an ambassador who studied abroad in Italy and Greece
Major: Economics

Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?

I wanted to study abroad ever since my cousin came back from his study abroad when I was in High School. I chose to do Roman-Greco because I had friends on the trip the year before and they loved it. I also liked the idea of getting to experience two sites instead of just one.

Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.

Two of our group members and I went and volunteered at a soup kitchen in Rome. It was pouring rain and we got lost on our way, but we found it eventually and it was a great experience. We were able to interact personally with Roman people and it felt good to help people out.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

Studying abroad was easily the best time of my life. I have never had more fun, but at the same time I learned a lot and grew as a person. Traveling to new places, meeting new people and learning how to deal with tough situations like being lost were great learning experiences. I love talking with people about my experiences and would recommend studying abroad to anyone.

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?

The biggest benefit that I have gained from studying abroad is increased self-confidence. Being able to walk into a new city with no idea where I am and be able to figure out where to go and explore makes me more confident dealing with tough situations.

What advice can you offer for CSB|SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?

The biggest advice I can give would be to say "no" as little as possible. You are only abroad once, and as tired as you feel, it ends way faster than you think it will and you will regret the nights you did nothing not the nights you didn't get enough sleep. Whether it's going to get coffee or go walk around a new neighborhood, you never know what's going to happen!

Questions
  • Have questions about studying abroad in Italy and Greece? Email Maxfield at mmrotert@csbsju.edu