Kendall Harstad

Kendall 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?
Growing up, I had always traveled as a tourist.The study abroad program would allow me, for the first time, to embed myself in a different culture rather than observe it as a tourist. I decided on this Roman-Greco program because I thought that it would best allow me to gain international academic experience, as well as get to live in 2 different countries that have so much history and art that would allow me to inspire creativity and possess an element of adventure of which I have not been exposed.

Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
One of my favorite study abroad moments was going on a weekend excursion to Santorini, Greece with our entire group. It was a fun, laid back weekend where we all could bond over one of the most beautiful place in the world. We all rode donkeys up a mountain, swam in hot springs and hiked a volcano. We became so much closer that weekend and went on adventures that I will never forget.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.
It was the most amazing time of my life. Not only did I learn so much academically but I learned a lot about my self and made friends that will last a life time. The sites we got to see, the things we got to experience are things I will remember forever. It really gave me a sense of accomplishment and an ambition to keep traveling the world.

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?
Some of the benefits to studying abroad are you get to become friends with people from your school that have such different backgrounds that you may have not gotten the chance to meet otherwise. You learn to trust other people and go outside your comfort zone which is really a wonderful learning experience.
Studying Abroad has also made me so much more flexible. You get thrown into spur of the moment situations with a diverse group of people and have to problem solve and work as a team.

What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Have a "just do it" mentality. Its a once and a life time opportunity, don't have any regrets when you go there. Wake up early and go to bed late. See as much as you can, eat out, see everything the cities have to offer. You have your whole life to sleep and lay around, the cities are all unique and diverse in their own way. Make sure you try everything that will allow you to experience that. You will come back feeling so accomplished.

Questions?
Do you have any questions about studying abroad in Rome/Greece?  E-mail Kendall at abroad@csbsju.edu