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Maria Simonetti: Iceland, Spring Break '19
Immersing myself in the 'exotic North' was a wonderful Study Abroad experience. Farmingdale State College faculty led us throughout Reykjavik and South Iceland including dramatic landscapes of geysers, volcanoes, hot springs, an underground lava hike and glacier walk to name a few! Studying multiculturalism and ethnography helped us to do our course work and truly observe the Nordic culture. This was my second opportunity to Study Abroad and as I figured, it would be as life-changing as the last one.
Liam Cosgrave: Florence, Italy Spring '18
I don't think I have ever made a more wise decision than studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I am forever grateful to my mother and advisors for telling me about this incredible program. Not only did I make a lot of friends, but I also made great memories that I'll never forget. This incredible trip gave me a taste of responsibility as well as adventure. I advise anyone to take the opportunity while you're still young to study abroad and have the time of your life!
Brigette Wagner: Nicosia, Cyprus Spring '17
I spent 5 months studying on the island of Cyprus- a little country in the middle of the Mediterranean that if you asked me to point out on a map a year ago, I'd be clueless. However, my decision to travel abroad was by far the greatest decision I've ever made. Cyprus will forever be my home, and the individuals I met there will be missed tremendously for the rest of my days. My 139 days spent in Cyprus allowed me the opportunity to visit 20 different cities, and a total of 7 countries. I took advantage of any opportunity to try something new and made the craziest, most unforgettable memories. I had the opportunity to meet the most well rounded, amazing individuals who quickly became my family overseas. I could have chosen somewhere common, but then I thought to myself, how many people get the chance to say they lived on a Mediterranean island for an entire semester? With this in mind, I choose a place in which I had little acquaintance with. I probably would have never traveled there if it were not for this program; it was the greatest escapade I have ever been on. Purely by coincidence, the month I arrived was the same month the island was named "European's 2017 Capital of Culture". This country broadened my association with so many people, customs, cultures, and background that I will truly never be the same.
Danielle Rottkamp: Cork, Ireland Summer '16
Ever since I was small, my grandfather would tell me about the beauty or Ireland. I was hooked. Along with my passion for art, I was thrilled that I was given the opportunity to experience both! For a month we studied various types of art forms, such as painting, drawing, screen printing and photography. We traveled through the rolling hills, dipped our feet in the cold North Atlantic ocean, and would also make our daily trips into town where we would get to know the locals on a personal basis. We would share stories, laugh, and would be taught about the ancient history of Ireland, as well as some local tales. We even were able to have our artwork be shown in town, which many of the locals happily attended! This experience brought out my thirst for adventure, which will now never cease to be quenched, but will only grow stronger. I feel so fortunate to have been able to experience such a life changing adventure. That is something that I will hold close for the rest my life.
Sachella Higgins: Querétaro, Mexico Summer '16
This was an amazing experience! I would do it all over again! This study abroad experience aided me to drift away from almost all of the stereotypes I have heard about Mexico and its' citizens. Mexico is a beautiful country and its' citizens are smart as well as hard working; they have a very strong and interesting history that I think everyone should be enlightened about.
Lauren Liegmann: Florence, Italy Summer '15
The study abroad experience to Florence, Italy was nothing short of incredible. I don't think that I understood how much of a life changing journey I was going to go on for three weeks when I signed up. Little did I know that I wasn't going to want to leave this amazing new place. Getting the opportunity to be more independent, understand another culture, and attend college at the same time are only the little things I loved about Italy. Being able to see seven different cities in just 21 days is something I never thought I'd be able to do in my college career. I will continue to travel for the rest of my life, and the study abroad program was my kickstart! Italy will forever be a special place in my heart!
Akhil Jain: Dublin, Ireland Spring Break '15
My trip to Ireland was the highlight of the semester! From the day I heard about the study abroad program, I was geared up to sign up for one of the locations. When I came to know that there was a course visiting Ireland over Spring Break and also during St. Patrick’s Day, I was one of the first students to sign up. It was truly a wonderful experience to visit a new place with a group of fun and young college students and the opportunity to learn about the culture and life of yet another country was exhilarating. I will hands-down recommend other students to grab opportunities that the study abroad program has to offer while they are still in college.
Carly Miller: Tel Aviv, Israel Spring '15
Studying abroad at Tel Aviv University in Israel was the best decision I have made during my college years. I had the chance to explore all of Israel from the Golan Heights in the north to the beach resort Eilat in the south. All of my classes were challenging and engaging as well as relevant to the world around us. One of my favorite classes was History of Anti-Semitism; we talked a lot about the Middle Eastern conflict today and its global affects. Because of these conflicts all of my family and friends constantly were asking if I was safe, the answer was always yes. I recommend study abroad for anyone. It is an amazing experience that widens your perspective on the world and widens possible career possibilities!
Bradley Young: Cusco, Peru Spring '15
Going to Peru has been a dream of mine in order to accomplish my goal of expanding my knowledge of the Spanish language. As a Marine Corps veteran I developed a desire to travel the world and I was able to fulfill that with this study abroad experience. During my semester of language study in Peru, I was able to travel through the entire country with my TKE fraternity brother including a trip to the scared Incan city Machu Picchu. My classwork and cultural immersion together made for a great learning experience and has inspired me to continue to travel the world. Next stop: Thailand.
Michal Hochman: Copenhagen, Denmark Fall '15
Someone told me before I went away that a semester studying abroad is the freest one will ever feel. While I don't hope to project into the future, I can certainly say that as of now, this is so true. From getting lost in the streets to flying past bakeries and happy people on our bikes, Copenhagen provides for sheer ecstatic adventure in any given moment. Fellow students lined up Wednesday mornings to feast on delicious and cheap freshly baked cinnamon buns and from there our days began. Whether studying in the majestic Black Diamond Library, sharing a ceramic pot of coffee at the non for profit and student run Studenhauset cafe or giggling like children on the outdoor street trampolines, I think it's safe to say, we all felt pretty alive and free.
Maria Casquarelli: Gold Coast, Australia Fall '14
Studying abroad in Australia was a life changing adventure. I was able to indulge in different cultures and become a more well rounded person. Bond University is an incredible campus with a wonderful atmosphere and accommodations for all students. Being able to work with students from around the globe was an eye opening opportunity which I value greatly. Don't be afraid to exceed your expectations, you have no limits! Travel as much as possible! My advice is to spend as much time as you can OFF campus and try new things. Get out of your comfort zone and explore the amazing surroundings. "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Elliot