Montclair State University
1. If you learned another language while you were abroad, what tips and tricks can you offer future study abroad students?
While studying in Rome, I learned Italian. I am still learning, but it is definitely something that I have picked up in my classes here. Living in a place a where different language is spoken can be challenging at first, but I personally feel it adds to the trip because it gets you very out of your comfort zone and allows you to experience something completely different than you're used to. Also, learning is expedited because you are around the language and trying to use it all the time. I would suggest trying to learn a little beforehand. I did not practice Italian at all before I came to Rome, and I wish that I had at least a little knowledge of it in order to make things easier and learn more. But, if you are going to a place where you don't yet know the language, don't worry. Most people speak at least a little English, and you can always find someone who is willing to help, especially at CEA.
2. If you had 60 seconds to convince a friend that they should study abroad, what would you say?
The reason why you should study abroad is to get a once in a lifetime experience. There will never be another opportunity quite like this. You get to see new places, learn new things, and have experiences that will last a lifetime. The countless, breathtaking places I have been to are reason alone to study abroad. It has been so incredible to see places that you could only have dreamed about. This trip will make you grow as person and allow you to experience something unlike anything else.