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The following program testimonial responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad

Final Reflection Questions

What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
The most significant take-away from the experience for me was the sense of accomplishment. I had been studying the Classics for five years, and this program allowed me to see in person everything I had been studying and to feel a sense of pride in my hard work. For that, I am so grateful for this opportunity.
— Anna Davis, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
I finally realized a dream I've had since middle school to visit Rome. I cannot single out a single experience because the entire program itself was phenomenal. It only furthered my love and appreciation of the Classical world.
— Michael Sloman, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
On our last day in Rome, I went out with a few friends to visit the famous Victor Emmanuel monument. We were able to take an elevator to the top of the monument which gave us an incredible view of the entire city. To our surprise, we were able to identify almost every large monument that we saw and it really put into perspective how the city was laid out and brought all of these broad concepts together.
By learning about Rome in Rome itself, rather than in a classroom, I was able to retain the knowledge much better and connect each monument with a personal anecdote that helped me to remember it. I am certain that this would not have been possible in a traditional classroom environment.
— Sahiba Amir Ali, Summer 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
From this experience, education wise, I feel that now I have a better understanding of Roman history from its fruition to now. Being in Italy, I have gained more confidence in traveling and adventuring to other cities in a foreign country. Also, it was amazing exploring, climbing and experiencing archaeological sites. Lastly, I am grateful for the two new best friends I made on this trip. It's one thing to explore new cities, look into tombs and climb Mount. Vesuvius, but it was much more fun and memorable with my friends.
— Georgianne Cushmore, Summer 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Experiencing another culture is a huge take-away from the trip. I can now see and relate to others that come into the US for the first time and are shocked by differences. Also actually being able to see the monuments I have been reading and learning about for so long was amazing. It really helps you to grasp the concepts that are explained when you see the objects in person.
— Haley Higingbotham, Summer 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
I think the most significant takeaways were beyond the classroom. In particular I learned a lot about living with new people, traveling on my own "cinqua terra/ florence", traveling without gps, and a little bit about classics. I also can say I gained an appreciation of art.
— John Newton, Summer 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
An increased knowledge of foreign history, culture, and life.
— Felix Poley, Summer 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
It was a wonderful experience to learn abroad. It taught me a lot of independence.
— Alexandra Rusyniak, Summer 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
The bonding experience with the other students while learning in a foreign country. The amount of cites we visited on a daily basis was jam packed, efficient, and fun.
— Miguel Santana, Summer 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
I really enjoyed learning on site rather than in a classroom setting because it really brought the history to life
— Samuel Scarborough, Summer 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
-How interconnected ancient Rome, papal Rome, and fascist Rome are.
-The difficulty of Rome having such a rich history, and it still being a living city.
-How amazing every little town in Italy is. There were so many small places that I had never heard of, which were so amazing.
— James Wojtal, Summer 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Going on this program helped me to become a much more independent person. When I came back from Rome I realized I was much more comfortable doing things by myself, and I did'n't need to rely on my parents so much. I learned so much about Art, I went in not knowing what constituted Renaissance and came out knowing so much more than just that.
— Caitlin Yarde, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
If you are considering this program, I would advise you to think about what you want your college experience to be like. Could you imagine doing anything else more enriching or fulfilling or fun during that summer? If the answer is no, then you should do the program. Keep in mind that you should make your time at college count in a way that feels right to you.
— Anna Davis, Summer 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
Please take the pre-reqs and fully consider that you are taking nine hours of CLAS courses. This is not just a vacation. For most, this study abroad is the foundation of their academic careers.
— Michael Sloman, Summer 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
I would tell students considering this program to definitely go. It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot. Any prior knowledge of Rome is not necessary for this course and even if this isn't related to your major, I think anybody would definitely enjoy this program. I would also tell them to plan out their weekend trips in advance.
— Sahiba Amir Ali, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
Advice:
-Don't be afraid of exploring Rome and other cities in Italy. Going with friends helps. Worst case, bring others in the group on adventures, you guys may become friends.
-In addition to trying to learn Italian, if you know another language, brush up on it. From my experience, I was able to use quite a bit of Spanish for directions and bargaining when I didn't know the words in Italian.
-If you're not a vegetable/fruit fan in the states, try them in Italy. They taste more fresh and rich in flavor.
— Georgianne Cushmore, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
This trip was amazing and really changed my perspective on things. Come into Italy with an open mind. It is quite different from the US but not it in huge ways. Once you adapt you get to experience a city packed with history and culture. You will not regret coming on this trip.
— Haley Higingbotham, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
This program is great for people who want to be active exploring while learning. I think the greatest appeal at least for me was and is the fact that we didn't learn inside a classroom, but instead got to go to sights on hand. Building our cognitive map and beyond class assignments were some of my greatest experiences.
— John Newton, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
Take this program, as it is extremely fun and interesting.
— Felix Poley, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
Try do do something new every day.
— Alexandra Rusyniak, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
Pace yourself throughout the program. Many people towards the end had trouble with their stamina and remaining energized to finish out the last two weeks, drink plenty of water, and take notes as meticulously as possible for the final exams.
— Miguel Santana, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
I would tell them to come on the program because they will learn a lot and have some amazing experiences
— Samuel Scarborough, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
Go into it with an open mind, and try to learn as much as possible about Italian culture and language.
— James Wojtal, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
If you are even considering this program, please go. This study abroad was a unique and life changing experience. Try new things, you will never get an opportunity exactly like this again. It's okay if you don't know anyone going, I didn't and came out with amazing friends.
— Caitlin Yarde, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
I study Latin and Linguistics at UGA, and this experience has granted not only me a sense of accomplishment in my study of the classics, but it has also given me the assurance that studying it is more than worthwhile and rewarding. I already knew that it is a great field of study, but this program encourages me to stay passionate about what I love learning, regardless of the field.
— Anna Davis, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
My career and educational goals have stayed constant, mostly because I was already set in this major. I always knew that I wanted to be part of this program and that it was one of my goals for my collegiate career. Personally, it just furthers my love of travel and the possibility of an international career.
— Michael Sloman, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
Although my intended major is Management Information Systems, after this trip I have decided to pursue a minor in Classics as well. I am also considering adding on a co-major in International Business. I was unsure about this before because I do not enjoy learning languages and did not want to take the three foreign language courses required to co-major in International Business. After taking one semester of Italian in preparation for this trip and also experiencing the language and it's beauty first hand, I know that if I do co-major, I would choose Italian as my language. I would also like to visit Rome again in the future.
— Sahiba Amir Ali, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
For education, this program helped me in gaining credits to be a double major while staying on track to graduate on time. In relation to career goals, this trip opened me up to more topics to research on, be more open to traveling for work, and allowed me to see a wide spectrum of art I wish to further look into. In total, this trip has pushed my personal goals the most. This journey has pushed me to explore new places despite the language barrier, travel and learn in another continent, as well as live and learn with a group of people I barely knew for over a month. My adventure to Italy has helped me break out of my comfort zone and raised the bar in places I should learn and visit.
— Georgianne Cushmore, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
As a Classics major, this trip really helped my educational goals. It offers 9 hours of major classes that I would need in order to graduate. UGA Classics in Rome also helped me develop skills that make me more appealing on resumes. Italy is also a place I have always dreamed of visiting. UGA Classics in Rome helped me realize that goal.
— Haley Higingbotham, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
Whether it was communication skills, classics knowledge, sense of direction, or just a more diverse view of the world; this trip made me a better person. Furthermore an appreciation for the place that I grew up and live
— John Newton, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
Helped me decide on a major.
— Felix Poley, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
For my education, I have decided to pursue Latin in the fall.
— Alexandra Rusyniak, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
My experience further cemented my desire to study Classics in graduate school. The program was staffed with wonderful professors who passed on their knowledge and passion about the city of Rome and Italy as a whole.
— Miguel Santana, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
It convinced me to get the minor in classical culture
— Samuel Scarborough, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
This made me more open to living abroad in the future. I also want to learn more Italian, and return to Italy.
— James Wojtal, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
The experience helped me become more in touch with the Catholic faith. Being able to go to the Vatican multiple times and to see other amazing churches from different time periods in the Catholic church was mesmerizing.
— Caitlin Yarde, Summer 2017

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