Barbara H. Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
Q: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your study abroad experience?
A: Learning about Italian culture and the language was incredible! The entire experience felt like I was really immersed in the community. The historical sites that I saw everyday during class and in my free time were amazing! Also, during the weekends we went on excursions to different cities, and I learned so much about the different type of history that exists in each of those cities.
Q: Why did you choose this destination?
A: I've always had an interest in going to Italy because it seemed like a beautiful country and after going there, it exceeded my expectations. The country is full of amazing scenery, great people, and delicious food!
Q: What are some things that surprised you about the campus, the classes, the culture, customs or traditions?
A: I was surprised about how relaxed the Italians are. They take their time doing a lot of things, especially eating. It is considered rude to go to a restaurant and leave without staying for at least and hour an a half. Also, the public transportation is very unreliable, especially the buses. If I needed to get somewhere, I would have to leave and hour early even though it is only 20 minutes away by car.
Q: What are some things you would like students to know about studying abroad in this destination or the program provider you studied with?
A: Take all the opportunities that are presented to you! I was able to take 2 cooking classes in the heart of Rome and it was an amazing experience! It's important to not be afraid of things that you don't know. After trying out different foods and living in an unfamiliar environment, I became more comfortable with each day that went by.
Q: What advice would you offer?
A: Similar to the previous question, if there is an opportunity that is presented to you because most likely, that will be the only time it will be there for you. Plus, it's great to be able to say "I know how to make gnocchi from scratch, after taking a cooking class in Rome!"
Q: What was your academic goal while studying abroad?
A: My academic goal was to complete two gen-eds as well as my issues. Also, my goal was to learn about Italian culture as well as Italian language.
A: It was an amazing experience and would love to go back to visit.
A: I choose this location because I've always been interested in traveling to Italy. I always thought it seemed like a beautiful country and waned to learn more about it.
A: I was amazed by how even if we didn't speak the same language how friendly and welcoming individuals were especially where we said a majority of the time.
A: I enjoyed Lisa and Charlie because they were able to meet half way. Charlie enjoyed experiences with the food and wine while Lisa would take us on hikes and really see the sights. I enjoyed how I got to see everything.
A: Enjoy the moment, its okay to be homesick every now and then but keep yourself busy so you don't have to think about it. I don't think it is necessary to bring your phone on the trip.
A: I wanted to really understand the culture and I felt my classes HTM202 and HTM175 were able to fulfill that.
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