Kathryn Beumer

Kathryn 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?

Having hosted an exchange student in high school and having my first taste of international travel at age ten, I always envisioned studying abroad in college. Living with a host family in France for a few weeks before college provided an exceptional insight into another culture. While looking at study abroad programs I was searching for a group experience. I was curious to experience new endeavors with alongside a group of equally adventurous young people. The Greco-Roman aligned with my interest for the arts, nature, history, architecture and food.

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

As an artist, nothing comes close to seeing paintings and sculptures in person. Taking in sites of ancient ruins and studying structures that changed the world's architectural landscape. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy would be one of my top galleries in Europe. Seeing and learning about the works of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci left me with tremendous inspiration. I went to the museum twice during our time in Florence.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

Our director Steve Saupe and his wife Linda made our trip invaluable. Our group bond made the experience almost magical. Learning about the roots of Roman Catholic theology, language, architecture and art through an academic experiential experience was phenomenal.

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?

Study abroad teaches one about the world is it does about oneself. There is so much richness out there in the world. Study abroad teaches one more about what it means to be American and a global citizen. The exposure to different lifestyles and viewpoints brings about greater awareness for how to live life.

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

Be open to change and let your experience abroad be a transformative experience. Explore your options and select the professor you most connect with and the program with the most potential. Find what speaks to you and invest in the experience.



Do you have questions about studying abroad in Greece/Italy? Email Kathryn at kebeumer@csbsju.edu