How Study Abroad Reaffirmed My Academic Interests

Padova Sant'Antonio Basilica

"Crucially, my time in Venice reaffirmed that art history was what I wanted to pursue as a major."

Alex Foo GS'21

Learning about Community Engagement and Urban Studies While in Melbourne

Student on the beach

" I learned more about community engagement while gathering public input on streetscape projects in the pouring rain than I have in classrooms or offices."

Aaron Smithson CC'19

My CC Journey: Exploring My Identity While in Australia

Students on rocks in Tasmania

"Going abroad helped me understand new environments, interact with local communities, and be comfortable stepping outside of my comfort zone it was my first step in setting my newfound path into motion."

Isabel Friesner CC'19

Confronting Fear, Finding Resilience

Student reading poetry in a cafe

To combat the general discomfort I felt, I created and surrounded myself in physical and mental environments that I wanted to be and thrive in. Immersing my mind in positive thinking and poetry helped to greatly enhance my time abroad.

Shanga Labossiere CC '19

The Ties That Bind

Courtyard of the Louvre showing glass pyramid

It’s not just in America where the strongest ties that bind are formed by our values.

Jaxon Williams-Bellamy CC'21

Heatwaves, Air Conditioning, and Being American

Open window looking at a river

...we have to get sore before we get strong, and I came out of the experience much more conscious of my place, and responsibility, in the world as an American than before.

Emilie Biggs CC'21

How Study Abroad Opened My Eyes to My Identity, Career, and Academics

Chapel

"Coming from a minority perspective forced me to see things in a different light and take a critical look at my own assumptions, thought processes and fundamental beliefs."

Gloria Tso 'CC19

Maximum Value of Study Abroad

Student in front of the German Parliament

"Beyond the language component, the classes I took through BCGS exposed me to topics and intellectual discussions that fascinate and engage me to this day."

Christopher D. Clark, Vassar '18

"A Day in the Life" of a Buenos Aires Study Abroad Student

Natalie Davis-Porada in front of buildings

"My day-to-day experience was vibrant. I would share each breakfast and dinner chatting with my host mom about politics, the city, and new art installations at museums—she was my biggest resource in terms of connecting to the culture."

Natalie Davis-Porada CC'19

Paris is a Wellspring of Imagination and Self-Reflection

Male student standing on a street in Paris

...all of my previous experiences in Paris could not prepare me for the one I had at Reid Hall – a place that opened a vast world of history, thought, and cultural life to which I was, until that point, little more than a doting outsider.

Justin Booz GS'20

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