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University of Arizona

Florence, Italy

Spring 2017

Samara Rosenthal, Alumni Ambassador

1. How has your study abroad experience impacted your life, academics, and/or future career goals?

My life has changed a lot since being back from studying abroad. I feel as if I am a different person after this experience. Four months ago, I don’t know if I could have said that I was independent and confident. In addition, I have become more outgoing then I used to be and I am not afraid to meet new people and make new connections. I did learn a lot throughout my study abroad classes, although I think I learned even more by traveling and experiencing the world. Studying abroad has changed my perspective on the world and has also opened up many doors for after college that I did not think of before this experience. Living in another country is definitely something that I would do again. I made so many connections with others that I met through this program and just being abroad in general that will help me in the future.

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

Studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made. You get to travel the world, meet amazing people and go on new adventures while you are studying and learning things that will help you in your future. I never thought I would come back to America with 20 new best friends. The friendships that you make while abroad are unreal. You become so close with the others in your program in such a short amount of time. Who doesn’t want to travel to a different country every weekend? This is so easy to do when you are studying abroad. You will be able to check off those places you have always wanted to go to in no time. If I could relive any part of my life, it would hands-down be the four months that I lived in Italy. So, if you ever have the opportunity to study abroad, please do it!

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