Gioia Guarino ‘23
Features Section Editor
After experiencing a worldly lifestyle during my semester abroad in Florence, Italy, I knew I wanted to advocate for other HC students to share the same feelings. My seniority duties have kicked in this year, and I decided to volunteer at the most recent Study Abroad Fair and upcoming program-specific Information Sessions.
On Wednesday, September 7, the Hogan Ballroom was buzzing with excitement as most study abroad programs set up a table to answer general questions from prospective first- and second-year students anticipating their time overseas. The Study Abroad Fair provided a casual opportunity for anyone interested in the programs to chat with former members. As a returnee from the language program based in Florence, I had much insight into cultural differences, communication skills, and how to attend an Italian university as an American.
Because our Florence program relies heavily on linguistic skills, it can be nerve-wracking to want to spend the year or a semester learning to become bilingual. Nonetheless, the turnout for prospective members was remarkable, considering the past intimate enrollment numbers. It was an excellent opportunity to hear stories from past members of the program; a bit more personal than an informative meeting about logistics.
Happening throughout September until mid-October are program-specific information sessions. From September 6 to October 21, all interested students are able to find an abroad program that is right for them. Clad with informational powerpoints and study abroad office members, there is no better way to inquire and discover the various programs. Each session typically includes conversations about logistics for the program you’re interested in, from application deadlines to passport requirements. On Wednesday, September 28, fellow past members and I will help lead Italy: Florence session. If you couldn’t make the fair or just want to further your knowledge about the program, make sure to check it out.
Maybe language is not your thing, and you are looking for a different cultural experience; there are places for you! From Ireland to Australia to even domestic programs in Washington D.C and New York, everyone has an opportunity to find a place that suits them. The list is extensive, with universities and internships offered worldwide. Below is the schedule of past and upcoming events regarding the presented study abroad countries/regions.