Kathryn Hoppert

Kathryn is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Greece and Italy

Major: Accounting/Finance

Minor: Economics

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

I chose to study abroad because of the short term program i went on Freshman year. I spent 5 weeks in Spain, and it wasn't enough time for me so i decided i wanted to go again and for longer. I chose the Greco-Roman program not only because of the two spots you get to go to because i was truly intrigued by both their cultures and wanted to learn and experience them first hand.

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

I chose to study abroad because of the short term program i went on Freshman year. I spent 5 weeks in Spain, and it wasn't enough time for me so i decided i wanted to go again and for longer. I chose the Greco-Roman program not only because of the two spots you get to go to because i was truly intrigued by both their cultures and wanted to learn and experience them first hand.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

My study abroad experience was incredible. I had the best group to spend four months with and made 30 new friendships that i know will last a long time. I have never been so interested in the classes i was taking and actually genuinely wanted to go to class and learn more about them. I fully enjoyed the neighborhoods we were placed in because they really showed us what life is like in the authentic parts of the city and not just where the tourists are. The overall experience was more than what i could have asked for.

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?

Spending a semester abroad is very beneficial to all aspects of development. You get to experience first hand living and studying in another country and become more worldly. There are so many things i learned from living in a different country that i probably would not have experienced if i just visited. Personally i feel like i have grown a lot as a person and have found out what goals i want to achieve after study abroad. Academically i believe i have become more knowledgeable on topics i probably would have never learned about if i had not went abroad. Professionally i believe it is important to know what is going on in different countries and to know how they work and why they are the way they are, being abroad taught me some important aspects of this.

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

My advice would be to do it. Simple as that. No matter what your finances look like, or your schedule it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will never get to experience again. You can figure out finances and schedules and budget so you can make it work. Spending money on experiences is the best way to use your money.