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Alumni Ambassadors


University of Alabama

Rome, Italy

Spring 2017

Brooke Howard, Alumni Ambassador

1. If you had 60 seconds to convince a friend that they should study abroad, what would you say? 

Studying abroad is the chance of a lifetime. You get to experience something that many people only dream about: traveling the world. 

And not only do you get to visit beautiful places and meet amazing people, you also have the opportunity to better yourself as a whole. 

Studying abroad made me globally aware, more comfortable in my skin, and confident in my ability to adapt. It taught me to welcome new environments and embrace different cultures and people, an important skill for professional success. It’s an opportunity for a unique educational experience that will definitely set you apart from others in your career field. 

Although it may be scary to leave home and what feels familiar, I promise you adjust, adapt, and fall in love with being abroad. I strongly believe that studying abroad will benefit and impact you for the rest of your life. It changed my outlook on life by helping me become more positive, open, and social in every aspect. I am forever grateful for my abroad adventures and urge you to explore both the world, and yourself.

2. One of the best parts about studying abroad? Getting to travel to other cities and countries! Here are my top travel tips:

These travel tips will help you adventure both safely and skillfully, while helping you get the most out of your study abroad experience!

A. Always be aware of your environment
-Petty theft is real; keep an eye on your valuables!
-It’s a good idea to get a cross body bag, spy belt, or some type of wallet that can be easily hidden to protect you from thieves.
-Pro Tip: Never keep ANYTHING in your back pocket! 

B. Take full advantage of your resources! 
-It never hurts to ask someone in CEA if they’ve been where you are planning to go. Most of the time they know the “local” or “hidden” gems that you’ll definitely want to check out! And if not, they’re more than willing to help you find the “must-sees” of your future destination. 

C. Enjoy EVERY minute! 
-Going abroad is the experience of a lifetime that goes by too fast; make the most of it! 
-Be proactive and make a bucket list of everywhere you want to go so you can plan your weekends accordingly. 
-It’s true when they say time flies when you’re having fun!

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