Paloma Sebastian is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Greece and Italy
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
Ever since I read the Odyssey in middle school, I have been hooked on Ancient Greek Mythology. That is when I first dreamt of seeing the places in which so many epic tales originated. I've always thought one's student years are the best time to see the world and was excited to discover that studying abroad is common among Bennies and Johnnies. I knew right away that the Greco-Roman program was for me.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
One of my favorite things is driving. I love the freedom, responsibility, and independence that comes with it. Before studying abroad, I knew that it was going to be one of the things I would miss the most. Living in Europe would force me to rely on public transportation through metro, bus, tram, and sometimes taxi. Fortunately, I was used to public transportation in no time. The busy metro stations made me feel apart of the hustle of the city. Seeing so many different kinds of people move in and out made me much more aware of those around me. Everyone is on their way somewhere to do something. It was also an inexpensive and convenient way to get around.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
My semester studying abroad happened in a blink of an eye! It was the fastest four months of my life. I have never felt so independent or closer to a group of students. I wish I could truly share my experience with friends and family.
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?
Living and studying outside of the CSB/SJU bubble for a semester gave me a push that I discovered I was ready for. Being able to immerse myself into a culture different than our own with 29 amazing individuals was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Coming back home with a second family is something I am so grateful to have. Now, I really do feel like a citizen of the world!
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?Choose a program that fits you! Talking to students who have studied abroad is the best resource available. They can help in decision making and preparation. But you above all will know what to do!
Do you have any questions about studying abroad in Greece/Rome? E-mail Paloma at firstname.lastname@example.org