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Study Aboard Profile: Samantha Forni '13

Samantha Forni

Major: Business Administration

Estimated Graduation Date: May 2013

Course or Program: Discover the World

Host Country:        Paris, France 

Salamanca, Spain

Rome, Italy

Length of Experience:

4 months ... 5 Weeks in each country

Experience Overview:

This was a really great experience and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to do it.


1. What is your career plan at this point in your education? How do
you think your international experience might affect your career, both
in the short- and long-term?


I'm not entirely sure what I want to pursue career wise, but I think studying abroad puts me at an advantage because I think employers want to see an applicant who took the initiative to travel half way around the world.


2. Where did you go? When?


I studied in:

Paris, France

Salamanca, Spain

Rome, Italy


I visited:

Brussels, Belgium

London, England

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Normandy, France

Seville, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Lisbon, Portugal

Gran Canaria, Spain

Dublin, Ireland

Limerick, Ireland

Carrigaholt (County Clare), Ireland

Florence, Italy

Pisa, Italy


3. Why did you pick the program and location?

I picked the program because I wanted a change of scenery and I figured it was my only opportunity to travel as much as I wanted in a 4 month period so I was up for the challenge.

4. Would you recommend this location to another student and why?


Yes, I would recommend these locations to another student because studying in these locations exposed me to a variety of different cultures.


5. What was your most memorable experience/day/moment?


As soon as I landed at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris that moment changed my life forever. Never in a million years did I imagine myself going to Europe when I was in college. I always dreamed about studying abroad since I was in high school, but I wasn't sure if that dream was going to happen. It was just an overall exciting experience for me.


6. What was the worst experience/day?

The beginning of my trip to Portugal was somewhat disastrous but at the end of the trip we went on a tour of Lisbon and it made everything so much better. The spots we saw were truly beautiful and made us forget about all the problems we encountered. We made the best of it and it turned out to be a really nice trip.


7. What are the benefits of studying abroad? (Personal/ academic)


It personally made me more cultural and it made me realize that things aren't as bad as they are in America compared to Europe...I mean I always knew that this world is going through a tough time, but to personally see it made me realize that wow it could be worse. ...academically I learned about economics, history, and art. Studying abroad helped me with my major too because it exposed me to international business and the second largest currency the euro.

8. What advice would you give to somebody considering studying abroad?

Just do it, you won't regret it. If I could do it all over again I would. It was the best move I've ever made. I would suggest that they do the Discover the World program because instead of just studying in one place you get to study in three.