Study Abroad

Aly Barbieri

What was one of your most meaningful experiences?
One of the most meaningful experiences I had while abroad goes to a general theme. While adjusting to a new culture is tough, I never found myself to be alone. It seems so small but it was so meaningful to be in an environment where everyone was so friendly and respectful. I never left a local restaurant without meeting the owners or getting directions when looking slightly lost. Not once did I ever hear an Italian yell in anger or beep their car horn when someone walked in front of their car. Being in a place where kindness is the social norm was by far the most gratifying experience for me. 

Why should Lasell students study abroad?
I believe that Lasell students should study abroad because it gives a whole new understanding to college. While studying and getting good grades is still the reason you're away, you have the ability to travel to different countries and see the world. Studying abroad may be some peoples only time to travel so it is so important to take the opportunity to do so. I can not stress enough how strongly my outlook on life, myself, and the world has changed and I can guarantee others will relate to this exact feeling.

What is your number one piece of advice for students studying abroad?
The number one piece of advice I would give to upcoming students would be to stay calm in the face of challenges! To remember thousands of students have traveled before you and successfully returned home gave me ease of mind when challenges arose. Not all countries are like the United States and the faster you learn and accept this, the sooner you will start to enjoy your time abroad. 

What is a typical day in the life when studying abroad?
A typical day in the life for me would always start with breakfast and a coffee at a local bakery I found right near my apartment. I always had mid-evening classes so I would stay at the coffee shop with friends catching up on homework or just chatting until class. After classes I would head to the local market to pick up fresh produce for dinner to cook with my roommates. At night it was pretty standard to head out to explore restaurants, bars and clubs with new friends to expand my social horizon. Every day I saw or learned something new.