Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: Physical Therapy
Hometown, State: Lakeville, Minnesota
Type of experience: Semester Abroad
Experience: John Cabot University
Experience website: http://isuabroad.iastate.edu/?go=JohnCabotRome
Diving into my study abroad experience was the most impactful part of my college experience! I am happy to bring home a piece of Italy in my heart, and share all my experiences to "ooh" and "ahhh" about with friends and family. Before this experience I had never known much about travel, but throughout this past semester I visited 17 cities and 6 countries all throughout Europe. The world is such a big place, and i'm so so happy I got to see a small fraction of it on my time abroad!
I discovered John Cabot University in Rome by stopping into the Study Abroad Center. I had no clue where I wanted to go, but the student advisors there guided me into finding the right school that was right for me!
An impact to my life...
I simply cannot convey the personal and intellectual growth I experienced in my last few months 'across the pond'. My eyes have been opened to be more sympathetic for those who are newcomers within my culture, just like I was a stranger in a foreign country not too long ago. I believe this will help me in my future in the medical field when I encounter people from all walks of life.
My most valuable learning experience...
One big learning experience I had was learning to live my day to day life without a strict agenda, especially while I was traveling. I remember always having much more fun on my weekends traveling when my friends when we didn't have time constraints and decided to explore on a whim instead.
I will never forget...
My most memorable experience from my study abroad was spring break in Greece with all of my friends I made abroad. I will never forget spending my week exploring all the beaches and breathtaking views that the island of Mykonos has to offer, and eating all the gyros my belly could take!
A surprising discovery...
One thing I didn't expect was to adapt to a new language so quickly. At first, learning Italian in 4 months seemed like such an unrealistic goal, but by the end of my study abroad I had picked up much more of the language than I ever expected. Now I am much more willing to pick up new skills, and try new things!
Advice for others...
A few things I would recommend to other students are to plan early to fit their study abroad experience in with their 4 year plan of classes, save up money, and don't waste a single second while you are abroad because some day you'll wish you could have it back!