Kaitlin Cossette is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Greece and Rome
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
I think the most memorable experience I had while abroad was going to the performance of Carmina Burana in the Heratis Atticus theater right under the Acropolis in Athens. It was such an incredible mix of people, history, and culture that made it so memorable.
Why did you choose the program in which you participated?
When looking for a college, I based a lot of my search on the study abroad program, so I have always known that I wanted to study abroad. Traveling has always been a big part of my life, and I wanted to continue that while in college.
I chose the Greco-Roman program for a number of reasons. First of all, I had never been to Greece or Italy before. I also really liked how that program went to two different countries, since I was already having a hard time deciding which country I wanted to go to. I also really liked how the core classes that I needed to take (Art and upper division Theo) were very important parts of those cultures.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
I would describe it as incredible, yet challenging. Every day is different from the last and it isn't just like a vacation, because you still need to go to classes and study. But with that, you have once in a lifetime experiences every week!
How has the trip affected you? How are you different for having completed the experience?
I definitely gained a greater sense of independence while I was abroad which has certainly changed my outlook on life back here in the United States. I am also much more comfortable being in countries where I don't speak the language.
What advice do you have for future Study Abroad Students?
Get in contact with other people who have been abroad (especially ones who have been on your trip). They will be the best resources for you to know what to expect, what to pack, and the best places to go.