Although they are studying abroad in two different cities, ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipients Kate Gallant and Francisco Edeza have both forged unforgettable bonds with their newfound homes. Here, they describe their first impressions of the experience of life abroad and the process of adjusting to to their new surroundings. Whether it’s overcoming the language barrier or exploring the city’s complex history, both students come to the conclusion that studying abroad makes an indelible impact on personal and intellectual growth.
This week, we look at the initial experiences of three of our ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipients, each of them experiencing a new city and a new culture. Join Charley Hunter, Jose Vazquez,and Elizabeth Snyder as they embark on life-changing adventures abroad!
This Spring, Washington University student Hank Michalski interned with the Saracens, a London-based Rugby team. During the team’s biggest game of the year, Hank was able to have the unique and memorable experience of serving as the team’s mascot.
This Spring, I have been interning in the finance department at Saracens Rugby Club and was their mascot at the biggest match of the year. Their usual mascot guy was out of town for their game against the Harlequins at London Olympic Stadium, which was completely sold out at around 55,000 attendees, and televised across the UK. Continue reading
This week’s post comes from East Tennessee State University MBA student Rayallan Fredericks, who embarked on an Intercultural Studies program with ACCENT in Rome. An avid and experienced traveler, Ray discusses how Italy was a truly unique and enjoyable experience.
It was June 4th, 2018, a week into my ACCENT program when I heard the best sentence…ever. It was about 11:45am in Montalcino just after our tour of the Banfi Winery facility when our guide said “Okay, it’s time to go back to the castle.” It was my dream to hear those words because I have always wanted a posh lifestyle. If I had a vision board, having my own castle would definitely be on there. One of the reasons for choosing my MBA program is that I hope one day to have a better life with the opportunity to travel the world, as well as support my family.
This day at Banfi was one of the best days of the ACCENT program. The story of how two brothers started the winery after being importers in the U.S was inspirational. The different flavors of wine paired with the wonderful Italian lunch served in the castle was the perfect accent to this trip. Continue reading
The Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM) is one of Spain’s leading architecture schools, equipped with cutting-edge technology and lectures tailored specifically to the needs of architecture students. Carleton University student David Anderson recently took part in an ACCENT-sponsored program where he attended ETSAM, gaining not just knowledge for his future career, but also a whole new level of language proficiency and immersion. David was happy to sit down for an interview with ACCENT staff and discuss his academic and cultural experiences in Spain.
ACCENT’s program with Carleton University in Canada is our first partnership with a school outside of the United States.
Today’s post comes from UC Merced student Henali Joshi, who took part in UCEAP’s Art, Food and Society program through ACCENT. Henali describes how she overcame a lack of confidence and ended up trekking across Europe during her semester abroad in Rome.
As soon as I landed in Rome, the goal of my experiences became to travel, explore, enjoy, see myself grow, and in the process, to document it all via photography. Continue reading
Today’s post comes from SBCC student blogger Carly Schwan, who has been cataloguing her classmates’ adventures since the start of their study abroad program in February. With a series of images and a video record of the group’s best moments, Carly describes what an unforgettable experience the past three months have been.
Thank you to Carly for sharing these memories with us, and we wish her and her classmates the best as they prepare to return home.
This week, ACCENT Community College Scholarship awardee Tatum Kula reflects on her time in Rome as her program comes to an end. She recalls the academic and linguistic struggles, the unforgettable memories, and the life-long friendships forged.
Today’s post comes from SBCC student blogger Carly Schwan, who spent her Spring Break introducing her boyfriend to the wonders and beauty of Italy. Exploring the sights, sounds, and tastes of Rome and Florence, the two spent an unforgettable week basking in the splendor of Italy’s architectural and artistic monuments.
Today’s post comes from ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Juan Valeriano, who discusses how spending only a few weeks so far in Rome has allowed him and his classmates to grow and explore. The city has become a new home to them as they enjoy the new experiences studying abroad has to offer.
This week, ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Tatum Kula describes her first few weeks in Rome, the friendships she has forged, and the unforgettable adventures she and her classmates have embarked on. Continue reading
Alejandro Anselmi is a student at Washington University in St. Louis who has been studying in a direct enroll program at the London School of Economics since Fall 2017. Here, Alejandro reflects on the challenges of dividing his time between being a student in a British university and wanting to make the most of his time in London, the UK, and Europe.
Studying at the LSE for a year has been a fantastic experience and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, though admittedly, it has not been without its challenges.
On February 5, 2018, a group of intrepid SBCC students arrived in Rome, Italy. Carly Schwan, the program’s official student blogger, joined the fun, cataloging the group’s photos and videos. Here, Carly describes the feeling of anticipation that comes with arriving in a foreign city for the first time. Join the students as they embark on their exciting semester abroad!
This week’s post comes from University of California student Hank Sze, who took part in UCEAP’s Contemporary Spain Program last fall. Hank participated in the Camino de Santiago, a six-day walking pilgrimage to the city of Santiago de Compostela.
My name is Hank. I did the Camino de Santiago during the 2017 Fall Break of my UCEAP study abroad program. This trip is undoubtedly one of my highlights, if not the highlight, during my time in Spain. Below are some questions people often ask me about the Camino, along with my answers. I hope you will decide to do the Camino after reading about my experience! Continue reading
Today’s post comes from University of California – Berkeley student Ashley McQuade, who spent her first semester of college in London as part of UC Berkeley’s signature Global Edge program. Faced with the choice between starting her college experience on campus and experiencing her first classes abroad, Ashley chose to take the plunge and travel to London for her first semester. Continue reading