Study Abroad

Bianca Sciocchetti

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What was one of your most meaningful experiences?
My most meaningful experience was the end of the semester when I was saying goodbye to all my classmates. We had really grown close as a group and were almost a family.  For us to all be able to say that we finished all of our hard work despite all the difficulties was super rewarding.  It just showed how this experience made us stronger. 

Why should Lasell students study abroad?
Lasell students need to study abroad because it will give them a new perspective on life.  They will see things that they never could have imagined seeing.  In the classroom setting they can take courses that they never would have experienced at Lasell. Even if it has a Lasell equivalent I can guarantee that there will be noticeable differences in how the class is taught, the examples used in the class or how the information is used.  

What is your number one piece of advice for students studying abroad?
My advice is to not go into the semester expecting too much from your trip. You may have a list of places that you want to visit or things you want to experience. However while you are abroad you will learn about new places, new experiences that you never knew existed. And those are the places that I found most enjoyable.  You have to go with the flow and just embrace the culture of where you are living.  

What is a typical day in the life when studying abroad?
For me, a typical day started at 7 or 8 am. I would wake up get ready and leave my host family's house.  I would walk 5-ish minutes to the tram and ride that for 4 stops until I was at campus. From there, I normally had a class from 9:30 to 12:30. I then had a one hour break where my classmates and I would go across the street to the school's cafeteria.  At 1:30 we would resume class and have it until 4:30. Halfway through each class we would have a 15-minute break. In this break we would sit in the cafeteria and just chat amongst the people in my program.  On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, I would have my French class from 6 to 7:30. After class I would take the tram home and do some homework.  At 8:30 I would have dinner with my host family.  After that I would go back to my room, do more homework and then go to bed.