The 2017-2018 school year has been extra special for four EOP students at Centenary University who participated in a Study Abroad program for experiential education. Their experiences forever changed them into mature global citizens who got to travel, explore foreign countries and historical landmarks, and understand and connect with new people. They all agreed that studying abroad taught them life lessons, gave them independence and the ability to make international friendships, and ultimately not only academic advancement but also cultural awareness.
Ameer Copper, Class of 2018, attended Roehampton University in London, Fall 2017. Since he traveled to different countries, he loved meeting new people and found it refreshing to learn about their culture. The classes taught him the fundamentals of dance and photography. Copper found the experience gave him passion and motivation to perfect his craft as an artist. He states that, “The journey is just as great as the destination.” One of the aspects, he was impressed with was the efficiency of the public transportation. He finds that this experience taught him to be a less judgmental person. Back home, Copper has been enjoying keeping in touch with his friends from all over the world.
Eroldy Duverge, Class of 2019, currently studying in London, has been experiencing the norm of a new culture granting him the opportunity to become more comfortable in a new surrounding where he has expanded his circle of friends from all over the world, including China, India and Sweden. He has been exploring and is truly appreciating the countless historic landmarks especially the London’s famous bridges and its history. Duverge is living by the following quote, “Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
Romane Jean-Louis, Class of 2018, spent the Fall of 2017 at Richmond University in Italy where he successfully completed 17 credits. Jean-Louis embraced the Italian culture and easily adapted to their lifestyle. Studying abroad allowed him to learn about himself and grasp the opportunities in front of him. Italy was breathtaking and he found Italians to be friendly when he attempted to speak their language. He learned that meals are usually two hours and Tiramisu is the best dessert ever. The most impactful experience he had in addition to academic gain, was being an intern for PIRENE SrL, a very well-known public relations and event planning company. He agrees that besides life lessons and networking, making international friends was on one of the greatest benefits from studying abroad.
Anna Stroud, Class of 2019, is currently studying in Italy and is fascinated with the history of the country. She particularly loved Piazzale Michelangelo, a lookout point in Florence where she realized how blessed and privileged she was to study abroad. Stroud has a great admiration for the Italian culture, the people, art and food. She has been adventurous enough to try the many different dishes Italy has to offer. The Italian history is impressive and the museums are incredible. She is happy that other countries are so easily accessible. So far, she has travelled to Switzerland, Greece and Paris. The study abroad experience has made Stroud more willing to take risks and put herself in uncomfortable situations. She believes that this experience has opened up new doors in her future career in business and fashion.
Centenary University is so proud to share the stories from these students!