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University of Alabama

Prague, Czech Republic

Spring 2017

Katherine Cook, Alumni Ambassador

1. How has your study abroad experience shaped you today?

Studying abroad definitely provided me with an opportunity for a huge amount of self-growth. Living in another country without your parents can be intimidating, but it forced me to think creatively and adapt to my surroundings. Spending 4 months in a country where they do not speak English as their first language taught me to work hard to learn the culture of my temporary home and to not fear failing. At first, I would be scared to attempt speaking Czech, but, by the end, I felt confident in myself to the point where even if the other person and I spoke no words of the same language, I could get my point across with other methods of communication. While abroad, I gained confidence in myself and my ability to adapt and thrive. I treasure this growth and I do not think that I could have gained this type of self-reliance so quickly in any other type of environment.

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

Choosing to study abroad in the Czech Republic provided a lot of opportunities for me to travel to places I would have never thought to go before. The country is situated in a prime location for seeing much of Central Europe as well as catching planes and buses to Western Europe. My biggest travel tip would be to check out other cities within the country you are studying in. I had no clue that my temporary home had so much more to offer until I visited Česky Krumlov for the day. It was absolutely breathtaking, and I am so glad I got to see another part of the Czech Republic. It added to my experience culturally and gave me a better understanding of the country and how different areas provided me with new fun experiences.

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