Nihal Bhatka

Nihal 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 decided to study abroad because I wanted an experience that I would never forget; and I found it with my program. The students and my directors enhanced the new environment I was in bringing the comfort of home to Rome and Athens. I traveled to 9 different countries in Europe and I had the time of my life.

Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
One lasting impression I will have from my trip was when we went to Santorini for a weekend. It was truly one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been too. This experience was something that I could have never done without studying abroad. This experience in general taught me about how people in other countries live and how their cultures differ from ours. This experience was unmatched to any experience I have had in my life.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.
It was absolutely amazing. I have been recommending going abroad to everyone I talked to especially the Roman-Greco program since it is so unique. I love talking to people about my experiences abroad and would go back in a second if I had the opportunity.

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 a great experience because it really put me out of my comfort zone. It look going to school to a completely new level which was fun and challenging for me. Academically the classes make you work but they are rewarding. I can now look at artwork of the High Renaissance and tell you the artist, date and style (skills that have already come in handy). Professionally in job interviews my employers have loved to here that I went abroad for a semester because it put me out of my element. It showed that I could adapt to different situations and thrive in them.

What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
I can advice first that every CSB/SJU student goes abroad if they can because it is the experience of a lifetime. Second I kept a journal and recorded everyday of my travels which I love sharing with people who are thinking about going abroad. My journal also doubled as my scrapbook which is holding tons of brochures and ticket stubs of places we visited and things that I found interesting.

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