Many Delta students find themselves on incredible adventures across the world. Studying abroad exposes student to other cultures which leads to their learning about these cultures as well as about themselves. The transferable skills developed through these experiences offer a competitive edge when applying for jobs and demonstrate to future employers the willingness to be uncomfortable in order to learn.
Many Deltas study abroad. We hear about it from newsletters, we encounter their journey through social media, we even read it on their resumes. Today two of our Deltas want to share their experiences with you.
Please meet a two Delta’s who have taken on the World!
What was a stereotype of Italy? Was it true? False?
I guess one stereotype I had was that they would all get mad if you didn’t try to speak Italian, and that Italians wouldn’t welcome tourists. Which, of course, was completely false. Italians love when you to try to speak Italian but almost all of them can speak English very well so no worries.
Another, was that I (almost) didn’t believe that they really had a siesta, I thought that maybe they got a little break during the day but I was very wrong. Everyone takes (pretty much) a 3-4-hour nap in the middle of the day, to eat lunch, to wander around, and to just take a break from work. And when I say everyone I mean everyone, even the police station was closed for siesta, try reporting a robbery when they aren’t even open!
What did you love the most about the experience?
I loved everything about the experience. The people, the food, the gelato (Italian ice cream), OMG the gelato! It was so incredible and I can’t wait to go back abroad. Europe is truly amazing compared to America. It’s so different but in a good way. People are nicer, everything is cleaner, healthier, and it’s just a better place to be. I highly encourage everyone to go abroad.
Did you need to know/speak Italian at all?
I knew Italian going over there. I took about three years of the language beforehand so it helped me immensely. I do recommend having some background knowledge of it, but if not most of them speak English.
Did you do any internships or primarily studying?
I did a study abroad program for the summer so I took four courses and it counted as my delta capstone. The courses are so much easier than over here, and the professors were super lenient about traveling and missing class and that kind of stuff.
What was living there like? Ex. Dorms, Apartments, Hosts etc.?
I liked everything about living there, it was the first time I was actually on my own doing things. I never experienced the dorm life coming to college because I was a commuter student, so over there I got my dorm experience. They are so neat and clean, they have a cleaning crew, and so many rules, but in general it was so nice!
What surprised you the most?
What surprised me the most was probably how easy it is to do things on your own, like traveling and such. We were constantly traveling to another country and we paid for a $40 plane ticket, got to our hostile by the tram or bus and had an amazing time. People don’t do things like that here in America, taking public transportation is like, uncommon I would say, at least for people not close to a city. But traveling was so easy and so rewarding and it was such an experience. I honestly didn’t want to come home, I cried when I had to come home because I was living the life over there.
What advice do you have for other students thinking of studying abroad?
My advice to other students going abroad is 1. Definitely do it, just go. 2. Save a lot of money, you’re going to spend probably double what you think you’d spend. 3. Plan trips ASAP and in as far advance as you can, and plan them on your own! Don’t go through any of those travel companies like bus2alps because they will screw you over, plan on your own because it’ll be way cheaper and so much better! The further in advance you plan them the cheaper they will be. I’m talking plane tickets for about $23. Definitely go and be adventurous!”
Natalie Yera has graduated from the College at Brockport but is continuing her education by getting her masters in Boston. She was able to discuss what traveling to London, England was like, as well as, how Delta College has helped her with her next step in school.
Where did you study abroad and what time of year was it?
I was abroad during the spring semester of 2016, in London, England.
What did you love most about studying abroad?
What I loved most was the ridiculous amount of traveling I was able to do over the course of five months which included backpacking for one whole month during my spring break. I have been to 15 countries and 20 cities during my time abroad and it was probably the most fantastic experience of my life.
What type of program did you do? Classes, Service internship etc.?
I went to school, I took three classes at the University of Westminster in Central London.
What piece of advice do you have for students that are thinking of studying abroad?
I would say have your finances in place before you go and always have more money available than you think you will need. I didn’t realize how expensive London was until I was actually there and I wish I was better prepared for that portion of my trip.
Did Delta allow you to graduate in three years?
Yes, I was able to graduate in three years and this past fall. I started graduate school at Emerson College in Boston, MA.
What was the most important thing you learned in Delta that transferred into grad school?
Hands down the most important thing I learned from Delta would be professionalism and how to conduct/present myself when it comes to applying for jobs and graduate school.
Did you have any leadership roles at Brockport/Delta that helped you in the long run?
The best thing I did in my undergrad was become an RA. I was an RA for a year and a half and it was the best choice I made next to studying abroad. I grew so much as a person and learned how I worked in team situations. Being an RA is a hard job; it is full of ups and downs but it is completely different than any other job students can have throughout college. You take on the role of mom, big sister, or friend to as little as 14 residents up to over a hundred. It is a life-changing position that brings out the best in you. It has allowed me to make connections with so many people, professionally and personally, and provided me with memories that I will never replace.
Thank you to Sarah and Natalie for speaking with me (Shannon Reagan) about your experiences with study abroad and Delta.