currently preparing to attend Columbia University come September for their
Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate program. My experiences abroad definitely
helped me to have a greater understand about the intricate relationships
between countries as well as an overall greater appreciation for the various
cultures I have been exposed to.
2. Where did you go? When?
abroad, I was able to study in Rome, Italy as well as Oxford University in
England (through the honors program at STAC). However, during my time abroad I
was also able to visit a number of difference cities including countries such
as Greece, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Ireland, The U.K., Italy, and the
3. Why did you pick the program and location?
picked the program at St. John's in Rome because of my love for the Italian
culture. I had been to Rome once before but it was definitely not long enough
so I decided to go back and explore the city. What's amazing is that after
being there for 3 months, I still hadn't seen everything.
4. Would you recommend this location to another student and why?
Rome is an amazing city with so much to offer- especially in the ways of Art
5. What was your most memorable experience/day/moment?
most memorable moment abroad was probably during my time in Pamplona, Spain
where I participated in the running of the bulls at the festival of San Fermin.
The adrenaline was still pumping a few days after the initial running I had
participated in- It's definitely an experience that will stick with me for the
rest of my life!
6. What was the worst experience/day?
Possible the worst experience of my entire study abroad experience was during the first night on the mainland in Venezia, Italy. We had booked a campsite that we could travel back and forth from to visit the Venetian archipelago for the Carnevale of Venice but we had no idea that the temperatures would be sub zero! I was forced to wear every piece of clothing I had brought with me on the trip to stay as warm as possible (including the backpack itself!)
me, the study abroad experience allowed me to finally experience, firsthand,
cultures and peoples that I had only read about up until that point. It's one
thing to read about these places and things, it's an entirely different
experience when you're standing in front of it, experiencing it all for
yourself. In addition, it definitely helps to bolster a real sense of respect
and appreciation for people of different cultures which graduate schools and
future employers look for.
8. What advice would you give to somebody considering studying abroad?
Do it! Be prepared to live on the edge while you're abroad and you'll get the most out of your experience there.