Rachel Munter is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Roman-Greco
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I've been interested in studying abroad since my sophomore year in high school. I figured it would be a great way to travel somewhere while also learning about the history and culture. The programs that always stood out to me were the Roman-Greco/Greco-Roman trips because they cover two places. I was very interested in going to Rome and I also wanted to learn more about Greece.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
People in Italy and Greece like to take things a bit slower than we do in the U.S. They often have midday breaks, and in Rome some of the stores and restaurants will be closed for this period, which made shopping a bit difficult at times. However, it also made me realize that being able to slow down once in a while helps reduce
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
I had such an amazing time studying abroad. I learned so much, not just about the cultures around me, but about myself as well.
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?
I have developed a broader world view from studying abroad. I learned about the cultures of Italy and Greece. I have become more of an outgoing person. I have developed interpersonal and communicative skills that will be beneficial in the professional world.
What advice can you offer for CSB|SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
Keep an open mind and don't be afraid to try new things when abroad. Getting out of your comfort zone
every once in a while will make the experience memorable.