• “In Their Own Words”

    “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

    —Lao Tzu

     
      Australia   Italy  
      England   Spain  
     

     

    Australia

    “Studying abroad helped me to learn things about myself and change for the better. I have always thought of myself as an independent person but actually living in Australia showed me a completely different side of independence which I had never experienced. There is something about being that far away from home and experiencing so much in so little time that teaches you a lot about yourself. I began to experience life from a different perspective than I would have at home or at Monmouth.”

    —Alice Hartmann, Spring 2011

    “I was amazed, looking back at the trip as a whole now, by how much I had changed and how I had completely purged anxiety from my body. I can confidently and proudly say that Australia has changed my life forever and I will be doing everything in my power to return there as soon as I can. I can only hope that the next wave of Monmouth University students who arrive in Australia can experience what I did and have it embedded in their hearts and minds forever.”

    —Austin Siegel, Spring 2011

    “If you are taking the time out to read this, then you are most likely contemplating studying abroad in Sydney, Australia. There are probably many thoughts running through your head such as: will I have enough money? Will I miss my friends and family? How will this affect my schooling? Will I get homesick? Will I make friends? And, most importantly, is it going to be worth it? All I can say is to stop questioning and go fill out the application, now! At one point I was questioning all of this as well and I can guarantee you that the time you spend in Sydney will change your life forever. It's impossible to describe how amazing and life changing this experience will be, just do it!”

    —Samantha Attanasio, Spring 2011

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    England

    “Studying Abroad changed me in a multitude of ways. Before I traveled to London I honestly did not accept the fact that there was a world outside of the United States, even though I read about other places, it all seemed like something that was far away and fictional. Europe opened my eyes to the entire World! I learned about new cultures, languages, foods, and people who seemed so different from me. I have changed drastically since travelling abroad, I am more open to travelling and venturing into areas and activities that I would normally feel uncomfortable about and that is because studying abroad forces one to throw out their old assumptions and beliefs and take in alternative ideologies. I would recommend studying abroad to anyone who wants to go out into the world and become a person who knows more than just what is directly in front of them, because the world is a beautiful place.”

    —Michael Cunningham, Fall 2010

    “Going to college is all about learning to grow up and becoming your own person. You have to learn what you like, what you want, and what you want to be. Going to another country with a new group of people, none of whom you may know, and learning to find your way about the place, forces you to learn more about yourself, whether you wanted to or not. Personally I think there are times when we need a bit of a push like that, and London delivered just such a push for me. Study abroad is an opportunity not to be missed.”

    —Aziz Mama, Spring 2011

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    Italy

    “Traveling in Europe is so incredibly easy that it was hard to decide where to go. Here are some of the places we travelled over the semester: Pisa, Amalfi Coast, Munich, Rome, French Riviera, Venice, Santorini, Tuscan Country side, Barcelona, Prague, and London. Each place had its own personal feel to it and I loved all of them for different reasons, but mostly all the different kinds of food. I had the most amazing opportunity to see all the places I wanted to and I never know when I'll get the chance again. The best thing about a long travel day was coming home to Florence which is a city that is so beautiful with old cobblestone roads and incredible history.”

    —Gabrielle Wudarski, Fall 2010

    “I was the girl who was terrified to leave home. I was nervous about leaving my friends, my family, and my boyfriend. I really didn't think I was going to survive a whole month but I knew in the bottom of my heart that studying abroad was something I've always longed to do. I can tell you with pure assurance and confidence that going to Italy this summer is one of the best decisions I have ever made. For the first time in my life, I let go and truly lived in the moment. I absolutely could have stayed longer and I wish that I did. If you are anything like me and hesitant about the length of time, try to stop your fears. Just do it. While you are in Italy, take in every single moment that you have because in the blink of an eye, it'll be over, and all that will be left are your memories.”

    —Amanda Pollifrone, Summer 2011

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    Spain

    “Cadiz is such a beautiful city. Pictures can't do it justice. It was beautiful, safe, and welcoming. All the locals understood that we were not from Cadiz but they were kind to us and helped us along the way. As an individual you can feel safe walking around at night and sitting in the plazas and taking in everything that surrounded us.”

    —Edda Pearman, Summer 2011

    “I fell in love with this city, this place, the views, the people, the cruise ships outside my window every morning, and the sunset outside my balcony every night. I had never pictured myself living in a city until I saw this one, in Southern Spain. The streets are all cobblestone and one way, with barely enough room for one car. It takes only twenty minutes to walk from one end of the city to the other. And surrounding the city on three sides is the beautiful clear blue ocean. Even though this city was gorgeous and authentic, even more genuine were the people.”

    —Rachel Werner, Summer 2011

    “Study abroad is a learning experience. Not only do you get the opportunity to learn about another culture and begin to see things from a new perspective, but you also learn so much about yourself. You surprise yourself and begin to see things you didn't think you had inside you. Your goals, dreams, and inner desires all change. For me, Spain is where I developed confidence in my Spanish speaking abilities and began to worry less about what other people think about me. It is where my aspirations for the future grew a little bigger and my bucket list grew a little longer.”

    —Alexandra Casares, Summer 2011

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