Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Galway
Major: Communication

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

I wanted to study abroad because CSBSJU did such an excellent job of telling me how great an opportunity study abroad is. I chose Galway, Ireland over the Cork program because I wanted to be home in the Spring for various events and classes and also preferred the lodging in Galway staying in cottages over staying at an Irish University. Galway was recommended so highly to me, and after looking at pictures and hearing all these wonderful stories I wanted to witness it all myself.

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

One random chosen night in Galway one of our Irish Professors, Jaqui Ohara, wanted to teach us an Irish jig. So she told us all to assemble in our classroom, which had been cleared out to make a dance hall. This happened to be the same night that a group of students from the London program were visiting. It was an amazing night of various cultures intermingling while we all learned this fun traditional Irish dance. It stands as one of my fondest moments in Ireland among countless others experiencing the sights, cities, food, and culture of Ireland.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

It was an incredible experience and one that I would recommend to anyone at CSBSJU. I went in knowing in partial what to expect but came out the other side having experienced both the expected and unexpected. I grew as a person, a friend, a student, and as a globally aware citizen. It is an amazing journey and I would do it again in a heartbeat if given the chance.

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?

It was an incredible experience and one that I would recommend to anyone at CSBSJU. I went in knowing in partial what to expect but came out the other side having experienced both the expected and unexpected. I grew as a person, a friend, a student, and as a globally aware citizen. It is an amazing journey and I would do it again in a heartbeat if given the chance.

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

I would advise to do everything possible to go abroad. Educate yourself on the country, learn about it, learn and discover why you must go. It is an opportunity that should not be missed.


Thanks for your time whomever is reading this!

Questions?

Do you have questions about studying abroad in Galway? Email Michael at merogers@csbsju.edu