Audrey Kristufek

Audrey is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Roman-Greco

Major: Nutrition Science & Piano Performance

Minor: Chemistry

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

The ability to study abroad was high on my checklist when I was trying to decide which college to attend. The Roman/Greco and Greco/Roman programs were a big factor in my decision to attend CSB/SJU. I was excited to travel around Europe and live in Italy and Greece. Another big factor was the fact that the classes offered fulfilled many of CSB/SJU's common curriculum requirements.                             

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

I loved both Rome and Athens, but one of my favorite "cultural experiences" was the traveling I was able to do over the 10 day break between the two cities. I traveled to Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris. Everyone I met was incredibly welcoming. It was surprisingly easy to travel once I was already in Europe!

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

Wonderful. Amazing. Would recommend. I'd love to talk about it more in person!

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?

When else in your life are you able to pick up and move to another country (or two) for four months? It was incredible to learn about theology at the Vatican, ancient Roman and Greek history while standing at the Roman Forum and Parthenon, and art history in Florence (among many other things and places). I plan on my increased sense of independence and ability to work with people from backgrounds much different than my own contributing to all areas of my life moving forward.

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

Take a lot of pictures and soak up as much as you can while abroad. We will all want to hear about it when you return!