Deven Batkiewicz

Devin is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Cork, Ireland
Major: Applied Physics
Minor: Mathematics

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

I wanted to study abroad because I wanted to learn how to plan every part of my life by myself. I wanted to plan my days, my meals, my trips, and my nights. That quickly led to Cork standing out as the most independent program. I applied, and I am happy I did.

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

I debated with myself whether I wanted to share this as my cultural experience. But there is nothing bad about this. I met a person that became very special to me in my time over in Ireland. I experienced dating and courtship in a different country and culture. To say the least, the expectations on each side were way different than either of us expected they would be. It gave a lasting impression on how hardwired my culture is in me and how difficult it is to completely change, even to something not that dissimilar. I think I learned about myself and about how to more easily adapt to other scenarios

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

A+. Although there were some rough spots, the trip was once in a lifetime. I was able to do and see things that I thought I would never be able to see. It humbled my to my core.

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 has helped my realize what my priorities are in my day to day life. Sometimes CSB/SJU can be a bit surreal and allow students to be able to do everything they want while still studying, eating, and sleeping. That is not true in the real world or while abroad. That has helped to contribute and redefine some of my own personal, professional, and academic goals. For example I have changed the concentration I want to focus on for my major.

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

Do it. Finances don't have to be an issue. The experience is worth its weight in gold and far outweighs the cost of the trip.