Study Abroad

Anja Matukic

Madeline Kenny

What was one of your most meaningful experiences?
My week in Ecuador with the Shoulder to Shoulder program was absolutely one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. Not only did I make relationships and bonds with other Lasell students and the locals, but experiencing the way of life in rural Ecuador made me that much more thankful for all the opportunities given to us not only living in the United States, but the opportunities given to us by Lasell. We were able to use our privilege to help build a house for a family of 9 and learn about the environment of Ecuador and their people. It gives students a chance to travel to a country they may have otherwise not visited, and teach them about our impacts as a society and how we can make small differences in our everyday life.

Why should Lasell students study abroad?
There are countless reasons why Lasell students should study abroad; growth in independence, cultural immersion, incredible new friendships, experience new ways of life-just to name a few. There aren't many experiences where someone can learn all about a new city, their culture, how they eat, and learn even more about themselves, than a study abroad experience.

What is your number one piece of advice for students studying abroad?
Don't let fear or homesickness hold you back; this is likely your only chance to experience a new country like this, and you don't have much time here. Don't waste your time locked up in your bedroom when you could be walking new streets and trying the local's favorite eats and drinks, or experiencing one-of-a-kind traditions and festivals; you won't regret taking every opportunity!

What is a typical day in the life when studying abroad?
I would wake up and have breakfast ready for me to prepare by my host mom, usually toast with homemade jam and butter. I would go to class in the morning by taking the metro and come back in time for lunch with my host mom. After that I'd usually take time for homework or for walking around my neighborhood. Around 9pm I'd have dinner with my host mom (complete with a soup or salad and fruit for dessert), and then spend the evening either watching a movie in Spanish or Catalan with her, or by going out to our favorite ice cream shop with some other girls in my program.