“Adventures in Another Land” explores study abroad programs
By Shay Hearn ’16
As college students, our lifestyle is exactly that: Our lifestyle. We live from day to day, creating our own, new worlds apart from our parents and families, taking the little pieces of our old lives that we cherished, and incorporating them into the way we want our lives to play out each day.
Many of us attend our language, history and art classes simply to fulfill required credits without truly experiencing the culture beyond that of what we have made for ourselves here at Salve Regina. The notion of studying abroad may be something we have played with, perhaps even seriously considered, but do we really know exactly what this wonderful experience will entail?
From 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, as part of International Education Week, the Office of International Programs invites students considering a study abroad program to “Adventures in Another Land,” a workshop geared toward providing real-life experiences from students who have studied abroad. The evening will include a panel discussion and individual presentations.
As these experienced students and alumni will testify, studying abroad transforms the theoretical ideas and languages learned in the classroom into a physical, new way of life.
“I learned that Spanish is not only a language but a lifestyle, and it is one that has grown so close to my heart and has absolutely molded the type of person I want to become,” says Leeanne Soprano ’13, who spent her junior year studying abroad in Spain.
“Adventures in Another Land” provides a venue for Soprano and others to share the knowledge they have accumulated and explain the challenges they faced across the globe with students considering similar adventures. Students are encouraged to stop by the Young Building ballroom to listen and ask questions about the opportunities available within the many study abroad programs at the University.