Travel Log 1: ” Laying the Foundation” by Danielle Godley. Floral Park, New York.

            Traveling abroad to Florence, Italy is something I have wanted to do since I was in high school. I am happy to say that in about two weeks my dream will become a reality! Although I am someone who is always up for travel and adventure leaving home to live in a foreign country is something that scares even me. However, after attending to the two 301 workshops and meeting my mentors, Mark and Laura, my nerves have been calmed. We learned about being apart of the “global community” and also Arnold van Gennep’s ‘rites of passage’ theory. After gaining knowledge on his theory I could not be happier that I was exposed to a formula that will give me a safe and meaningful transition from the ‘old status’ to a ‘new status’. I am currently in the old status of the rites of passage theory. I am weak because I have to leave behind my family and friends with the certain fear of missing out, but I am also strong because I know that by letting go of the old I will be able to experience the journey of a lifetime. A topic that really resonated with me from the workshop was “communitas”. Communitas is defined as a state in which ‘all members of a specific community are sharing a common experience usually through a transition or a rite of passage’. It is often true that those you become friends with in this passage you would not have been friends with otherwise. Although I am not yet in Italy I feel this connection with the other students in our 301 class. I have not know many of the other students long but I have already developed a connection with them, hearing their hopes and fears for their study abroad experience is something that has bonded us already. I am excited to read the travel-logs weekly to see what my new friends are experiencing. I am also excited to meet many other friends in Florence this upcoming semester to share my journey with.

            After reading the introduction to Richard Slimbach’s Becoming World Wise: A Guide to Global Learning one line that really stood out to me was, “ Having generated all this energy to understand and potentially mend the world, how can we actually harness it to protect and positively impact the cultures and environments we visit?” (Slimbach 9). When traveling abroad I will try and keep this quote in the back of my mind throughout my journey. This statement means that although we have put so much into getting to our place or travel this is only part of the experience. It is when we become fully immersed in our travels that we need to find ways to actually influence the global community in a positive way for the greater good of all. Slimbach also states that, “ Although the potential for acquiring a truly global education has never been greater, actually achieving it requires more then simply “ being there” (page 7). This statement reminds me of what we discussed about the liminal phase. The liminal phase is more then just “being there” it is about learning, preparing, and experimenting so you can grow as a person with the help of your mentors.

            One goal I also have for myself is to try not to be too much of a tourist. I hope to connect with an Italian family or organization when I am abroad. Volunteering with local children or meeting an Italian family would be something that could change my whole study abroad experience for the better. Although I want to see all of the major cities and sights, I also hope to see the villages that are less commercial are more traditional. My family is from Salerno and Bari so I hope to travel to at least one of these areas to explore my heritage and maybe even meet some relatives along the way.

The travelogue I have selected is called, Not in a Tuscan Villa by John and Nancy Petralia. I choose this travelogue because it is about a couple from New Jersey who18461756 decided to embark on the “ perfect vacation”. It was with that line that I knew I immediately wanted to select this book. Not only am I from New York (which is very close to New Jersey) but I also know that no trip can ever be so “perfect” which is what John and Nancy found out very quickly. The book describes them as learning more then they anticipate about Italy, themselves, what it means to be American, and what’s important in life. These are four things in which I also hope to learn on my journey abroad.


Travel Log 2: “Looking Behind and Looking Ahead: Rites of Separation” by Domenique DeLucia. East Haven, Connecticut

I will share my separation letter with my dad in the living room after dinnertime when we usually catch up and watch some TV for the night. My dad is my biggest rock and support system that I have and has always told me to do what I wanted. The sky was the limit, and to not let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. My dad was a little hesitant when I first told him I was planning on studying abroad because he worries sometimes, but he finally came around because he knew how much this meant to me, and something that I really always wanted to do.

I thought before that this would be an interesting activity to do, I honestly didn’t know how I would react, or how my dad would since it’s only been me and him for pretty much most of my life. I have always been the adventurer, wanting to go off and do things; never the one to be a homebody but leaving my dad was going to be a hard experience since we do have one of the best relationships. I pride myself on that fact.

I was feeling really good getting to share the separation process with my dad, it was a great thing to be doing and the farther we got into discussing it the more I really appreciated this step and the journey that I was now going on through this process. It was really interesting to see my dad going through this process while I was reading the letter and sharing my quote with him. It’s like I could see him sort of letting go in the middle of the process, which was awesome to see. This experience let me know that my dad really is at peace with the journey and the decision and that I won’t worry about him being by himself while I am away for so long.

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living” – Miriam Beard. This quote I think embodies the separation phase well and was able to help me in guiding my dad throughout the separation phase and me as well. Not only am I going to see amazing monuments and sites but I am also going to be learning about myself and world around me.

A successful study abroad experience would definitely be one that was filled with laughter, joy and experience. I want to leave London with life long friends and endless stories to tell for many years. I want to learn something new about myself even if something challenging has to happen for it to be accomplished. I want to travel to as many places as I can and immerse myself in the culture for all the days that I am there. Get to know the locals and forget that I am not actually from London. I want to leave with no regrets, and with more knowledge than I had when I first arrived. An unsuccessful one would be me just going through the motions of life without ever really deeply experiencing the city that I am studying in or the people around me. Not being able to take my experience with me back home because there’s nothing worth taking. Simply not being able to say that I learned anything outside of a classroom.

I am fully prepared for the expected challenges that lie ahead, you can always learn from a challenge no matter how minuscule it might be. It’s hard to grasp that while you’re going through one. Unexpected ones will arise from my experiences and choices that I make but I need to make sure that I don’t overreact to the ones that are simply out of my control and don’t have a huge impact on my experience as a whole. I need to keep in mind that I did not decide to study abroad for the materialistic properties of the country but the journey that I am going to take in my life and the people that I will meet a long the way.

This picture describes my journey so far because I have come to be comfortable with not knowing where this journey will take me. I will have to take a leap of faith into the world of the unknown to truly find myself throughout this journey. Knowing that I will land with whole lot than when I jumped. There’s no more holding back, I want to let go of any type of feelings that I am having of stress and worry over petty things that do not need to mulled over for hours and think of the endless possibilities that lie ahead for me as soon as I take that final leap.

Travel Log 1: “Laying a Foundation” by Kilian Smith. Lake George, NY.

When I first heard that I would be spending six hours of two Saturdays in a workshop for the QU 301: Rites of Passage class, my only thought was “Oh great”. But once I attended the workshops, I was surprised as to how beneficial, interesting, and fun the material we covered was. The Rites of Passage theory resonated with me because I have been through a few of the “Americanized” rites of passage, and I have always felt there was something lacking. I felt that ceremonies such as the completion of my eagle scout and my high school graduation were passed through too quickly, giving them less meaning. I did not feel like I was broken down and then built up again into a new person not only in my own eyes, but also in the eyes of my community. Therefore, I agree with the fact that the American standards for rites of passage are weak in the sense that they lack the liminal status that other country’s rites of passage do. Rites of passage are meant to “enable mindful attendance to events that might otherwise pass us by”, and in American culture this is not fulfilled. (Grimes, 2000, p. 96) I believe that this is why the citizens of are country are somewhat less mentally and emotionally developed than the citizens of other cultures. Rites of passage seem to be very beneficial to the members of cultures that fully complete them and this is why I am excited to study abroad and journey through a rite of passage of my own.

A rite of passage involves three stages within a ritual: the old status, the liminal status, and the new status. Just as an individual passes through these stages when they are in a new culture, that culture also passes through the same stages because of that individual. Each time a culture leaves an impression of its ideas and values on a traveler, that traveler leaves an impression of himself or herself on that culture. Slimbach argues, “Educational travel should leave the world a saner, stronger, and more sustainable place”. (Slimbach, 2010, p. 8) I believe that as the German culture and its people transform me, I will have an impact on the people I meet and interact with as well. Throughout my experience there will be stereotypes that will have to be broken down on both sides. As we better understand each other, we will see that although our language and culture may differ, we all share a common bond. This realization highlights the ABC model of Culture Contact. Our emotions or how we feel about another culture affects our behavior and therefore our actions. These actions then affect our cognition and the way we think. When I reflect upon my experience with the German people, I will be able to see the common bond we as humans all share. Therefore, Slimbach is correct in his statement, “Although we may inhabit different geographies, cultures, families, and political systems, we are increasingly bound together by a single fate and a shared identity.” (Slimbach, 2010, p. 6) The tipping point that will turn the world into “a stronger, saner, and more sustainable place” will come when all peoples realize this fact.

For my travel log, I chose a book entitled Doing Germany by Agnieszka Paletta. I chose it because Paletta changed the way she lived in order to follow a dream and live a simpler and more enlightened life. I believe that sometimes in life we must drop everything and follow our dreams in order to find out who we truly are. This relates to my own life because I have never been out of the country before. Studying abroad is a new experience for me and I respect the courage it took the Paletta to leave her known life and embark on a new journey as I am doing the same.

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Amazon.cpm: Doing Germany EBOOK. 2013. Google Images, n.p. By Agnieszka Paletta.

Slimbach, Richard. Becoming World Wise a Guide to Global Learning. Sterling, Va.: Stylus Pub., LLC, 2010. Print.

Travel Log 1: “Laying a Foundation” by Domenique DeLucia. East Haven, Connecticut

The workshops really did change my perspective of what studying abroad is all about and the immense effect it will have on you. The separation phase was one of the things that really resonated with me. The fact that in order to really immerse yourself in your journey and in your time, you need to leave a piece of yourself behind in order to leave room for you to grow and change into the person you need to be abroad. The symbolic “death” of yourself leads for you to be reborn in the reincorporation phase. The reflective process really moved me as well, that we need to make sure that we think and share our feelings in order for us to change and grow for the future. For this to happen, we need to have “moments with meaning,” how all of these wonderful or maybe even terrible moments in our lives actually drive us to be who we are and experience the wonders that this life has to bring to us. This process is the catalyst of change, endearing us for future experiences ahead.

Slimbach discusses in the introduction that we don’t really learn anything about different cultures or countries by merely just reading about them. We need to take an up-close and personal account of these other social worlds to fully understand how the other side of the world lives. When living and working side by side with these people, we can create something together, a sort of community that bridges any of the gaps we have and we are able to then embrace one another. He states that, “healing actions can grow only from a humble awareness of being deeply connected with and responsible to the rest of the human and non human universe. Intellectual learning alone rarely fosters this type of solidarity. It seems to require direct, embodied contact that allows us to hear the cries of a distressed creation, to find ways to create local friendships, and to work, side by side, to provide local, modest, but intensely human lifelines” (Slimbach, 2010, page 10). This is much like the global community, which this class as a whole is actively seeking while we are on our study abroad journeys. We defined the global community as being comprised of all living things in all parts of the world accepting and supporting one another to respect, enforce and embrace diversity and the betterment of society. I want to capture the beauty and the culture of the cities that I travel to, meeting new people along the way who can help me complete that goal.

I am going to be faced with a lot of the unknown while I am traveling, meeting new people, and visiting new places. How I react to all the challenges ahead will affect how I grow as a person, and ultimately how this journey will define me. “In a world that is smaller and yet more complex than ever before, our educational challenge is to understand and to value both our differences and our commonalities, our separateness and our togetherness” (Slimbach, 2010, page 6). We aren’t really prepared for these challenges because we don’t know what they will be, which means that we have to be able to identify what our reflective process usually is and make sure that we do not overreact to things that are out of our hands. We do need to reflect often while we are on this journey to help ourselves learn not only about our selves but also be able to grow from the challenges and experiences that we will be faced with. We need to learn ways to be able to get through them on our own to be able to ensure we are getting the most out of this experience. If we don’t change, we certainly do not grow.

For my travelogue I am reading In Search of London by H.V. Morton. I chose this book because the writer seems to be showing you all the hidden tucked away gems to the already wonderful city of London. I want to be able to learn about all the history of London and this book looks to have all of that. He talks in great detail about how World War 2 affected this great city and how they were able to still find the beauty in this city among all the destruction the war had caused. He discovers the true heart and soul of the city that has fascinated him since he was a child.

Travel Log 1: “Laying a Foundation” by Nisa Villareal. Johnston, Rhode Island.

nisa villareal, spring2015QU 301 is a course centered on the individual and the global community. There is absolutely no better way to become familiar with the global community than to travel abroad. From our first workshop, we gave the ‘global community’ a working definition from our point of view. I think that because we brainstormed together to create this definition it will help us to better understand its importance in our lives. “The global community is comprised of all things in all parts of the world accepting and supporting one another to respect, enforce and embrace diversity and the betterment of society,” defined how we see the global community. While studying abroad in Italy, keeping this definition in mind, I will be reminded to become involved and value the new culture. It would be an incredible experience to volunteer while in Florence or join a club at school. These steps will easily involve me in my global community and build appreciation for it as well.

Another important concept we learned from the workshops concerns the phases within the rites of passage. All are significant to a life transition, however; currently I am experiencing the separation phase at full force. To my surprise, I am not as mentally flexible as I thought I was – making this process very difficult for me. Moving my things out of my dorm room for the year was both stressful and depressing for me. I cried saying bye to all of my friends and dreaded leaving school after finals were finished. I even stayed an extra day after my finals were over because I was dreading leaving so badly. Now that I’m home, my fear is overcoming me and making me extremely nervous for the journey ahead. Knowing I will not have a structured and familiar schedule is frightening, however; I know I will benefit from it once I can let go of the old.

While reading the introduction to Becoming World Wise, one important concept discussed was globalization. Slimbach wrote, “The globalization process appears to be reorganizing and homogenizing 21st-century world cultures without abolishing their distinctiveness,” (Slimbach 15). Globalization can provide familiarity to students traveling abroad and also challenges as well. In the separation passage, globalization can be useful in helping students to let go gradually. Instead of “indulging a sentimental longing for an irrecoverable past, we should treat the complexity of our contemporary situation as offering a “teachable moment” that is truly extraordinary,” (Slimbach 16). For instance, in Florence I’ve been told there are American stores like H&M nearby to purchase clothing; however, we should opt to buy from local vendors to get authentic items. There is a certain level of comfort knowing that when I arrive in Florence, there are stores I am familiar with. It will help me to gradually transition into the different way of life in Italy, such as shopping in marketplaces or from gypsies, as opposed to the western world I am accustomed to.

Reflection is another important concept learned from the two workshops we attended. The honest thinking about your thoughts, feelings and actions that influence behaviors are vital to the study abroad experience. Slimbach identifies that our goals and missions while traveling are “under construction.” “Students and educators alike are searching for deeper, more meaningful intercultural experiences that respond to the world’s novel fusions, as well as persistent confusions,” (Slimbach 19). When searching for these experiences, it is necessary to reflect on them. We have to consider each element involved in the experiences in order for it to be more meaningful. For instance, planning a weekend trip to another country will be an incredible experience, but what makes it meaningful will be how you reflect on each element. With the ABC model, you can exact each detail and look at them based on your emotional involvement, the actions you took, and what thoughts you have.

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Source: Nisa Villareal, 2014.

Here is my chosen travelogue – “Italy, A Love Story”. In this book, there are several different accounts from women traveling to different parts of Italy and the specific parts that made them fall in love with the country. I chose this book because rather than one person writing their point of view, there are several points of view on countless parts of the country. The collection of stories describe useful perspectives and true, heartfelt stories. I like that each story within the travelogue will focus on one particular aspect with vivid descriptions that made each women love Italy so much – rather than a brief description of multiple things. The stories altogether will help to enhance my knowledge of the country I’ll be living in the next four months and what I have to look forward to.

Travel Log 1: “Laying a Foundation” by Sarah Soucy. Manchester, New Hampshire

For someone like myself who has never left the country before, going abroad can be a scary experience but after learning about all of the different steps to a Rite of Passage I’ve never felt more prepared. Rites of Passage theory has many different stages but one of the most important stages is the liminal stage. The liminal stage is when you are neither here nor there. The advantage of the liminal stage is when all of your responsibilities are lifted and you are able to finally cross over. This will be the most important stage for me as I venture out on my own for the very first time.

While I am traveling abroad, I will need to make sure that I am focused on myself and fully embracing the community I am entering. This liminal stage will be important because it will give me the ability to fully focus on my travels and not worry about any responsibilities because they were left in the old status. Properly going through the liminal stage will allow me to “experience familiar things within an unfamiliar context” (Slimbach 5). I am looking forward to going to Australia and being able to go without any burdens which will allow me to experience their culture with an open mind. I have heard that they have many similar things as Americans but this quote applies to me because even though I will be doing some of the same things, it will be in a very different context.

One topic Slimbach discusses several times in his introduction is how anytime someone leaves the country, their experience depends on how they leave and how they come back. This can relate back to several topics discussed during the workshops such as culture shock and reincorporation. According to Slimbach, “Done well, both process help us to realize the transformative potential of our journey” (Slimbach 10). This is why researching a country and fully understanding what we are getting into by studying abroad is so important. If not done properly we can experience culture shock which can hurt the study abroad experience. Culture shock is made up of feeling left out, misunderstood and even seeking the company of only other Americans. This can really inhibit a student’s study abroad experience and after hearing about this and learning about it in class my goal is to do as much research as possible in order to be fully prepared so this doesn’t happen.

For some students studying abroad they can have a proper separation but reincorporation is the problem. Once they come back from studying abroad it can be hard to find people to share your experience with and some individuals feel left out. It is important for individuals to have a plan before they come back so this does not happen. Slimbach believes that if these two parts are done correctly then the study abroad experience can be a success. My plan is to use all of the resources provided to me to help reincorporate as smooth as possible.

The ABC’s are also an important part of any study abroad experience. If we use the ABS’s properly, “The world, becomes a living classroom – a place to watch and wonder…” (Slimbach 5). It is important to go through each step and not just use one letter throughout the experience. Being able to watch and wonder we have to step back and not always act or behave but rely on our emotions and thoughts. On the flip side to learn different lessons sometimes it is important to go through an actual experience. My goal is to find a nice balance between the ABC’s in order to learn as much as I can while abroad.

study abroad bookAnother helpful thing to do while studying abroad is to read about someone who has also traveled around the same country as you. The book I decided to read while abroad is “In a Sunburned Country” by Bill Bryson. This book stood out to me because the author was in the same position as I currently am since neither of us had been to Australia. I hope that reading about his experience will provide me with valuable information so I do not have to make as many mistakes as someone going to Australia for the first time would. I also think it will be entertaining to read about someone else’s crazy adventure and compare it to mine.

Works Cited

Slimbach, Richard. Becoming World Wise a Guide to Global Learning. Sterling, VA.:       Stylus Pub., LLC, 2010. Print.

Travel Log 1: “Laying a Foundation” by Connor LaChapelle. Buckfield, Maine.

One of the most influential concepts I have begun to learn through the Rites of Passage workshop is the idea of transcendence, or figuratively dying many times throughout life, each time transforming into a wiser version of oneself. I believe that each cultures’ rites of passage are traditions that guide this transcendence. Societies elect which of life’s milestones qualify as an initiation into a new stage of life or identity. This is exemplified by the short film about the Native American initiation into womanhood by taking part in a culturally revered dance. Although I possessed a relatively firm understanding of transcendence prior to the workshops, I had not fully grasped the power cultures have in creating rites of passage. I now ponder the correlation between a community’s values and their rites. The concept forces me to compare the values that underpin the rites I have grown up with against the principles of other societies. While watching the documentary about the Native American girl’s overnight journey into womanhood, I felt myself becoming critical of America’s tendency to raise their children in entitled environments.

The second idea I have reflected upon the most was actually not brought up in the workshop to my knowledge. When I had my pre-departure meeting with Mark, he asked where I was planning on traveling while I was abroad. I listed off the destinations, he then asked why I wanted to go there. Mark basically said that being intentional in my travels is what would separate me from other tourists. I originally took this at face value, but soon after the session I found myself reflecting on why exactly that is true. I have yet to find the answer, but I look forward to exploring the concept further as I gain experience as a global traveler.

As I read the introduction to Becoming World Wise, the workshop discussion of how to define global community climbed into my thoughts. Slimbach wrote in the introduction, “Healing actions can only grow from a humble awareness of being deeply connected with and responsible to the rest of the human and nonhuman universe.” (Pg. 9) Although it is great that we succeeded in appropriately defining the term of global community, I find it inspiring that Slimbach has already spurred discussion of its application. When people debate controversial politics and morality topics such as gay rights, war, and euthanasia, I often believe energy is wasted because most are too arrogant or apathetic to truly take on someone else’s perspective. I see Slimbach’s words in these sentences as testimony to such beliefs.

Slimbach also writes in his introduction, “The goal of educational travel is to help us navigate this complex and contradictory world while challenging the limits of our intellectual and intercultural abilities.” (Pg. 8) The term, liminoid, strikes me as applicable to this sentence. As taught in the workshop, liminality in our context as study abroad students, refers to the stage of travel where our limits are temporarily lifted as a result of our departure from our home identities. Although I do not intend on completely reinventing myself, I look forward to leveraging the heightened creativity that Germanyis a supposed byproduct of liminality.

The travelogue I have chosen is titled, Those Crazy Germans. The reason I have chosen this book is because the sample I have read was entertaining and quite informative. The author, Steven Somers, seems to write in a precise manner which I appreciate. The book also includes practical information regarding the culture that will hopefully allow me to be more in tune with German society.



Travel Log 1: “Laying a Foundation” by Matthew Mattson. Rhode Island.

The Journey to study abroad is not an adventure to take lightly.  Through the workshops, I learned more about the possible challenges I could face while in Norway.  Ironically one of the more insignificant things that was taught during the lesson actually was very important to me.  The difference between rites and rights has always seemed to be something that I understood, but was further solidified during the workshop.  This was then followed by the Traditional Rites of Passage theory created by Arnold Van Gennep.  The idea that we passed through different states while abroad is something of a mystery to me still since I have not yet experienced it yet, but I feel will be further understood after everything is said and done.  These first two concepts actually were the most important ideas discussed, because it gives my journey a deeper meaning.  It provides a status change that, through change and challenges, makes us (hopefully) more open minded.

In the introduction of Becoming World Wise, the concept of being a global citizen is illustrated in the sections providing examples of how we must think about the common good of all people and not few.  It also talks about the growth of technology and how it further connects us to the world.  “At its best, global learning takes us away from our usual habitat in order to explore the realities of a wider world and our responses to it,” (Slimbach, 5).  The world is a big place, I cannot get enveloped in only the issues that I see.  Whether we know it or not, Rites of Passage happen in our daily lives, and becoming a part of the global community is a rite of passage that many disregard.  I agree with Slimbach, because in our modern society, where a person on one side of the globe can be communicating with me instantaneously, information on world issues can be known globally within seconds, and if you choose to ignore these issues, you cease to be a global citizen.  These ideals will be important to my study abroad experience, because I will be able to see how another culture lives.  To be surrounded by different ideas for the first time in my life and from this, be able to understand how others live, to understand people’s perspectives and culture through the liminal stage to become a new individual.  This does not mean individual in the sense of who I am, but in the sense of understanding the global perspective.

The book I chose was Through Norway with a Knapsack, written through norwayby W Mattieu Williams, an English writer who traveled to Norway in the 1800s and wrote a book on the experience.  He traveled alone with minimal luxuries and is the travelogue documenting a trip of the beautiful Norwegian coast.  Since I am going alone to Norway with minimal ties and connections to any people in the country, I wanted to see how someone else faired traveling the country alone.  I look forward to reading this and seeing if any comparisons to modern day Norway has to this travelogue.

With Christmas next week and friends coming back from colleges this week, it is going to be hard to prepare for studying abroad, but I already feel prepared.  The checklist of things that need to be done before I go is still pretty long and will take a decent amount of time to finish.  It has taken me much time and effort to be able to go to Norway and I am excited to see what lies in store for me.

Daniel Raza – Chiang Mai, Thailand and Phom Penh, Cambodia


I chose to study abroad because I wanted to create new challenges in my life and learn through a unique educational experience.  Studying abroad is the perfect opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone and build new values.  I chose to go to Thailand because I was looking for a country that would offer a very unique culture so that I am novice to the people around me.  I love to travel to different places in the world and observe the lifestyles other people live in.  Being in America gives only one close minded view about the world I am living in.  My goal is to observe the world by being part of the culture and immersing myself to the people. The program I am going with offers to go to Cambodia as well so I decided that going there would further fulfill my experience.  I see the Rites of Passage theory affecting my experience by enforcing me to reflect on my observations in Thailand and Cambodia.


“Respect for the concrete detail of human experience understanding that arises from viewing the Other compassionately; surely these are better goals than reductive hostility.” Arnd Wachter

Gabby Butcher – Sevilla, Spain

Gabby Butcher Spring 2015I have lived in a small town my whole life before coming to Quinnipiac. Even while being at Quinnipiac, I feel as though I am restricted from fully experiencing new cultures first-hand. I knew that studying abroad would expand my horizons to experience something new and exciting while continuing my education. I am currently a Spanish major at Quinnipiac, so choosing to study in Sevilla, Spain, a city filled with culture, beautiful weather, and lively people, was not a hard decision for me. I believe that studying in Sevilla will help me grow as an individual in that I will become integrated into new cultures while learning the Spanish language. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” (St. Augustine). I love this quote because it truly shows just how important traveling is when given the opportunity. I am so excited to travel to new places and expand my current ‘one page book.’