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Emily Montague

Major: Psychology
Minor: Business
Hometown: Churchville, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I found out about this experience through other Penn State students who participated in this program in past years.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience has been absolutely amazing and life changing. It has allowed me to grow as an individual, as well as become more mature and independent. This was definitely a big step out of my comfort zone but I am so unbelievably grateful and appreciative that I have been fortunate enough to be able to take part in this experience. Living on my own so far from home has been difficult but taught me so much about myself. Additionally, having to manage my time, money, belongings, etc. has been a challenge, but the reward of traveling and being able to experience other cultures and lifestyles is indescribable and something I will treasure for the rest of my life.

The reward of traveling and being able to experience other cultures and lifestyles is indescribable and something I will treasure for the rest of my life.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience has been very different from the rest of my college experience. I have been fortunate enough to be able to take more hands on courses that teach me about the culture that I am immersing myself in, as well as a lot of history and explanation about my religion - being that the catholic faith is a very prominent and important part of the history of Florence, as well as Italy as a whole. It is refreshing to be able to learn so much about this subject area, something that I would not have the opportunity to do at Penn State in my current major. Additionally, being able to experience the amazing and historic art and architecture that is present all over Florence is something that cannot be experienced anywhere else.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My career goals are to eventually receive my PhD in psychology and become a practicing psychologist. I believe this experience has impacted them because I have been exposed to so many new and eye-opening situations and individuals that have taught me so much. I have been put in situations in which I have been forced to think differently than I am used to, which will allow me to be able to better relate to many different situations that I may have to deal with in the profession of psychology. Meeting people from all over the world has taught me so much about why people are they way they are and how to relate to people of all dimensions.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes I would 100% recommend study abroad to any college student, especially Liberal Arts students. The College of the Liberal Arts has been more than helpful and accommodating, for that I am truly grateful. Additionally, Liberal Arts students have a passion for the topics that are closely tied to the experience of new cultures, people, and ideas.

For more information on global experiences for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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