Hawk’s fly abroad – The Hawk Newspaper

This semester, St. Joe’s students had the opportunity to study abroad in countries like Italy, Spain, and Ireland. Read more to hear from students abroad and hear some of their experiences with different lifestyles, cultures, and opportunities.

What are you looking forward to most from the second half of your semester abroad?

For the second half of my semester abroad I have fun trips planned to Cinque Terre and Sardinia which I am looking forward to as it should be warmer so it will be fun to see how the beaches are in Italy . I’m also looking forward to enjoying the rest of my stay in Italy because now that I’ve been here for two months, I’ve gotten into a routine and I feel very comfortable living here.

-Lynore Shaffer ’23, Florence University of the Arts

Cailey Esposito ’23 in the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain.

What is your favorite experience of your time abroad so far?

One of my favorite experiences was when my family came to visit and we had dinner with my host mom. My parents don’t speak Spanish and my host mother speaks limited English. It was exciting for me because I got to really practice my Spanish while sharing a lot of my study abroad experience with my family. We compared experiences in Spain and the United States, which was fun to learn more about the culture.

-Cailey Esposito ’23, St. Louis University

Sara Melley ’23 at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

What is your favorite aspect of being abroad?

What I love most about my time abroad is the independence and self-confidence I gained from living in a new country and traveling through Europe. Exploring new cities, meeting people from all over the world and getting out of my comfort zone taught me a lot about myself and the world.

-Sara Melley ’23, University College of Liege

Dana Hungerford ’23 is in Copenhagen, Denmark.

What is your favorite aspect of being abroad?

My favorite part of being abroad is being so close to so many cool places! It’s so easy to travel to other countries and explore a new city for a weekend. For example, I was able to take a cheap flight and be in Paris in less than two hours! I love being able to see so many people.

-Dana Hungerford ’23, DIS Copenhagen

Carlos Rodriguez ’23 visited Karlovy Vary, a small town in the Czech Republic near the German border.

What is your favorite experience of your time abroad so far?

I really enjoyed learning and immersing myself in the culture of my host country. The Czech Republic is vastly different from any other culture I have known so far, and Prague is a city with a distinct character that harmonizes centuries of history with modern civilization. It has also been interesting to study many academic fields, such as politics or economics, from a radically different point of view than what you will find in the United States.

-Carlos Rodriguez ’23, Charles University and CERGE-EI

Kenzie Allen ’23 in Florence, Italy.

What is your favorite experience of your time abroad so far?

My favorite experience so far has been riding a Vespa through town. It was crazy because I didn’t even have to pass a driving test to rent the Vespa, the person in charge of rentals just gave me the keys and said, “Good luck”. I’ve never been on a Vespa before, let alone driven, so the combination of learning to ride it and having to navigate traffic was tough. But the experience made me realize how well I know Florence after living here for two months. I drove to Piazzale Michelangelo and watched the sunset. It was so picturesque!

-Mackenzie Allen ’23, Florence University of the Arts

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