Hometown: Sioux City, IA
Major: English Education; Minor: Psychology, Coaching
Study Site: Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy
I studied abroad to diversify my outlook on culture, learn more about myself and the world, and improve my résumé. I perceived Europe as the perfect opportunity to challenge my intellectual and social being and feed my adventurous personality. Prior to my flight to Italy I had never been out of the United States. By the time I boarded my flight in Rome to return to the United States I had visited 9 different countries (Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Monaco, Vatican City, Hungary, and Germany).
Iowa tends to be less culturally diverse compared to many places in not only the United States but the world. By getting away for the semester I was able to mature immensely. Not only am I more tolerant of other cultures but I have a burning desire to learn more about unfamiliar cultures. The friends I made and places I visited have opened my eyes to the world outside of Iowa and inspired me to become a lifelong traveler. As an education major, it was a unique academic experience being immersed in another culture’s classroom instruction. This experience opened my eyes to new ways of learning and instructing.
|Monte Carlo, Monaco|
Studying abroad has inspired me to apply for student teaching abroad and strongly consider teaching English as a Second Language abroad. I intend to explore numerous international experiences outside of the country immediately after graduation.
|Cinque Terre, Italy|
Every chance I am allowed to recommend studying abroad to others I take advantage of. Traveling, diversifying, and seeking adventure has the potential to open new personal and professional opportunities in anyone's life. Studying abroad truly was the best four months of my life. Long or short, there’s a program for you.