Study Abroad

Hannah Stevens

What was one of your most meaningful experiences?
One of my most meaningful experiences was when I got sick with strep and had to miss out on a few things right in the beginning of school. It doesn't sound meaningful, but I had decided to live with a random roommate abroad, and we weren't very close at the time. She knew I was bummed out that I was stuck in bed and none of my friends wanted to be with me because they didn't want to get sick either so she tried to bring whatever I missed out to me. For example, I missed out on a "Coffee and Talk" provided by TEAN at this really cool coffee place that I had been dying to try out. So she brought me a bunch of treats from there. When she wasn't in class, she tried to hang out with me and make sure I had everything I needed. The first month was different being away from home, so having someone I barely knew  go out of their way to make sure I felt okay really helped me adjust more and now she's one of my best friends. It made me realize that people outside of my "normal" friend group could be just as nice, if not more, and made me more aware of the way I treat people I don't know, especially when they're from a different part of the world/culture/religion etc.

Why should Lasell students study abroad?
Lasell students should study abroad because it truly is an experience of a lifetime. I have never learned so much about myself and seen the world from a different point of view. I look at how I treat others, how I act and how I hold myself very differently than I did before and in a much more positive light. Lasell students should study abroad because it forces you to grow up a little, step out of your comfort zone, and try to understand the world around you. Without this experience, I'm not sure I'd be as confident in who I am right now.

What is your number one piece of advice for students studying abroad?
Make new friends. Live with a random roommate. Force yourself to talk to someone new. I know it can be scary or intimidating to not be with the group of people of Lasell or your hometown, but I met some of my best friends doing this. Don't leave the Lasell/hometown people in the dust either, though. I found it nice because if I wanted to hang out with a group that had different interests than the other group, I could. I 100% think that if I had only stayed with the people from Lasell, my experience would've been completely different and not as enjoyable.

What is a typical day in the life when studying abroad?
A typical day in the life was basically waking up, going to the gym (such a nice gym... couldn't pass that up), getting ready for class, eating my toast with peanut butter for breakfast, then heading to class. Then I got lunch and after that I usually went back to my room or found a shady spot outside or in the library to get my homework done that was just assigned so I didn't have to worry about it for the rest of the week. Normally around this time, all my friends were done with class, so we always went somewhere and explored. Then, I would come back and get ready for bed. On the weekends, I was either traveling or exploring places that were a little farther away from school that I couldn't during the week.