Participant in the 2012 ACM Student Symposium on Off-Campus Study
The World’s Greatest
My two biggest fears about study abroad were that I wouldn’t make any friends and that it would adversely affect my GPA. This may seem trivial in comparison to what I would gain from studying abroad, but anyone who knows me, knows that I am a fairly neurotic person. Fortunately, I was able to realize that no matter where I am in the world, I will make friends.
At left: Video of Samantha Bundy's presentation at the Symposium.
The friends I made studying abroad may even understand me in a way that people from back home never could. We shared something so special and unique by studying abroad together. I also learned, after a month or two of studying abroad, that while earning good grades is still important, no matter what GPA I came out with that semester, it would pale in comparison with everything that I was learning about culture and history in the countries where I studied. Living in different countries provided me with a whole new outlook on how to learn and accept new cultures. On top of this, I learned to have more confidence in myself. Instead of feeling like I only have one or two options for myself after I graduate, I now see a world of opportunities before me.
Post graduation plans: Attend the University of Illinois Masters in Social Work program.
The best thing that I did while on an off-campus program was … learn about and visit Westminster Abbey.
What is one word or phrase that best describes your experience off-campus? 100% worth it.
Top 3 reasons why you chose to go off-campus:
1. To immerse myself in different cultures.
2. To learn more about myself and the countries I lived in.
3. To live in Italy and have an Italian host family.
If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what would you be and why? A panda because they are so adorable and I’ve always wanted to hold one!
If you could travel anywhere where would you go? Greece, Austria, England, Ireland, Italy, etc.
If you could learn to speak any language what would it be? Modern Greek, or more Italian.
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