American International College
*I also studied with CEA in Florence, Italy!
1. What has your experience abroad taught you about the rest of the world?
That the world isn't nearly as scary as the mainstream media portrays it. It's kind of like the world’s best kept secret about how truly beautiful it really is. You can go on to google and see pictures of a place but that's just seeing the surface. I assure you it's nowhere even close to how beautiful the world really is and how beautiful you begin to feel just being in its presence. It's more than just a visual thing.
2. How has your study abroad experience shaped you today?
I don't know if anyone is familiar with the David Foster Wallace commencement speech from back in 2005 but he tells a story about two goldfish not knowing what water is and how it relates to humans not realizing actions we subconsciously do such as getting frustrated while waiting in line. Some people are lucky enough to have their "This is water" moment and I can honestly say that I probably wouldn't have had mine if it weren't for studying abroad. I remember being on the U Bahn after class and it was crowded and hot and I was feeling homesick and I felt frustrated about hearing German and then it hit me that I have the choice to feel this way or I can recognize that I am in one of the most historic cities in the world growing and evolving into something better than I ever dreamed I could be.