Emily Booth '21

Program: Austria Fall Semester

Major: Psychology

Minor: Music and German

 

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

I was looking for a program that would complete my general requirements and provide me with the opportunity to finish my language requirement. I also wanted a program that would give me the chance to travel throughout Europe during my time there. I was drawn to Salzburg as a city of music and didn't add my German minor until I was abroad. The affordability of this program paired with all of these opportunities made it the perfect choice

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

It was interesting to see how German/Austrian culture has both carried over and been deserted in American communities. There is a huge emphasis on family, religion, and the arts that has helped to build my values of each.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

Study abroad was filled with the greatest amount of growth I can recognize in myself at any one time. The friendships that were built, the experiences shared, the planned and spontaneous adventures. It was the most amazing chance to see the world and learn about how easy it is to live in a bubble if you don't take the chance to break out of it.

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 was an incredible experience that allowed me to grow as a person and make lasting friendships. It also gave me a sense of home at CSB+SJU that I felt was lacking until I experienced studying abroad. They always say you never know what you have until its gone and this experience made me greatly appreciate the CSB+SJU community with new eyes.

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

Ask questions about any possible experience even if you think it might not happen. When you're choosing a program, look into who the director of the program is....they can make or break the whole experience. Ask CGE about any additional fees you might incur...I didn't expect to have to travel to apply for my visa. Determine what you want most from the program: do you want something completely different? to complete gen eds? to live with Bennies/Johnnies or with international students?