Adriana is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Rome and Greece
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I had always wanted to go to Greece so I knew that was where I was going to go right away. I also liked the idea of being able to study in not only two cities but two countries. I have taken classes that relate to ancient Rome and Greece so I was interested to see the location of these events. The Roman-Greco program also fulfilled many of my remaining common curricular requirements.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
During our first week in Athens a group of us went to buy groceries and some things we needed for our apartment. We stopped at a small convenience store to look for laundry detergent. The man working there was so friendly and helpful. He asked where were from and told us how lucky we were to have these opportunities. We talked for awhile and taught each other some words in Greek and English. It was a a great first experience with Greeks.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
I cannot have the correct words to explain it. The people on my trip became my family. I know everyone says that but we actually did everything together all the time. Before the semester I had had a few classes with some people but no one I knew very well. Now we are all meeting each other's friends and expanding our connections throughout our CSB/SJU community.
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 really opened my eyes to how much there is to learn in the world. There are so many views, religions, and ways of life out there and each offer something to learn from.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Do the things you want to do right away. Don't think, oh I'll have time to do it later. Time goes by very quickly so take advantage of every opportunity.