Thomas is an ambassador who studied abroad in Italy and Greece
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
The reason I chose to study abroad was because it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. When else in my life will I be able to travel and meet new people for four whole months. The reason I chose the Roman - Greco trip was because a close friend had previously taken this trip and highly recommended it and I have always been interested in the Mediterranean area of Europe.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
While in the second part of my study abroad in Athens some friends and I were able to volunteer for the Athens Marathon. We found out that our assignment was to pick up bottles and trash along a certain stretch of the course. But when we showed up we got switched to helping run security at the finish line. So we actually got to stand on the course and watch all these incredible people finish the marathon. It's and experience I'll never forget.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
Overall I absolutely loved my study abroad experience. I met so many great people and traveled to many incredible places. It was definitely the best four months of my life.
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?
The benefits are you learn how to view issues from a different point of view. I think I speak for most of the students on my trip when I say we had a very Americanized view of the world before we left. But by the time we left to go home we all started thinking and seeing issues in this new worldly view. i think this new view will continue to enhance and contribute to all of our personal, academic, and professional development
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
I would say to and prospective study abroad student to study the language and customs of the country they are traveling to as much as possible before their departure. The more they know the easier the transition and the less overwhelming it will be.