Study Abroad

Sophia Carason

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What was one of your most meaningful experiences?
One of my most meaningful experiences may be the simplest of them all. The SAI office was filled with such loving and caring people that I would simply go there to hang out. The program offers such fun trip and excursions. Just this week we had a farewell dinner hosted by the office and it was a happy yet sad experience to say goodbye to the friends that I had made, but it will always be cherished. 

Why should Lasell students study abroad?
There is so much more outside of Lasell. I have learned things here that one cannot learn while being at home. It has made me more of a caring and selfless person to see a life outside of my own culture. Students should study abroad to get a better understanding about the world we live in. 

What is your number one piece of advice for students studying abroad?
My number one piece of advice is to take the leap. This is the time to take life by your own hands and get to better know yourself and your world. Studying abroad is where you find the pieces of yourself that you never knew existed. Of course I can say to save money and pack light, but its so much more than that just go explore!

What is a typical day in the life when studying abroad?
I would wake up make my own breakfast in a very comfortable kitchen and go to class. All of my classes were two and a half hours which was a struggle at first but they only meet once a week. Then comes lunch some days I would either pack a lunch and go to my favorite spot outside of the library to eat and catch up with my mom. Then, class again. However, it is more than just my daily routine its what I see, hear, and smell on my way that make the memories that will last. On my way to my next class I might hear the bell of the Duomo only feet away from where I'm standing, or smell fresh bread being toasted for a panini. After class I would walk back to my apartment and usually relax then go for a walk. I loved exploring the city. Dinner once again would either be me cooking at home or going out for apperitivo (which in my opinion is one of the greatest parts of Italian culture).