Jenna Bosch is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Greece and Rome.
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I chose to study abroad because I have always wanted to experience a different country and its culture, since I have never been to any country other than the United States. I chose the Greco-Roman program because it gave me the opportunity to study and live in two countries, and I have always been interested in the history and culture of Greece and Italy. The courses offered in this program also interested me because they involve a lot of on-site learning at historical and archaeological sites.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
A cultural experience that I had on the Greco-Roman program was when our group had dinner at a rembetiko place. Rembetiko is a type of music important to the Greek culture. A band played this music while we ate traditional Greek food and we danced with the locals all night long. This experience made a lasting impression on me because it is what I think of now when I think of the Greek culture: music, food, fun, and good company.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
My overall study abroad experience was AMAZING!! I got to see many famous, historical, and important landmarks, places, and monuments that I had always dreamed about seeing. I also got to meet a lot of wonderful people, especially the other Bennies and Johnnies who were there with me. And I got to experience two new cultures that I have now come to love.
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?
Studying abroad has made me more independent, mature, and open-minded. Living in two big cities (Athens and Rome) forced me to learn quickly how to navigate the cities and find what I need on my own (grocery stores, post offices, bus stops, shopping, etc.). I also learned more about myself and have more confidence in myself and my abilities. Also, I have become more open-minded and flexible because I was in new countries and sometimes schedules would change suddenly, so I had to adapt to new and different situations.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
My best advice I can offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad is to go for it! If you have the opportunity and can fit it into your four year plan, definitely do it. It is worth it! Also, while abroad have an open mind and live each day to the fullest since you only have a semester to experience it all!