Footsteps Through the Adriatic- Croatia
- Where and when did you study abroad?
I studied abroad in Croatia during summer of 2013 under Footsteps Through The Adriatic program.
- What did you find challenging about the classes abroad? How did you cope?
The challenging part having classes abroad is to stay motivated with coursework, especially when you have so many new things surrounding you! But fortunately, I was able to cope with this by starting planning my first Eastern Europe backpacking trip. That way, I was able to hold my desire to travel and explore so I can focus on the coursework.
- Do you think your study abroad experience helped you (or will help you) in your career?
Study abroad does come with many different benefits not limited to personal development, find new interests, make lifelong friends, and career opportunities. My study abroad experience did open my eyes and gives me a new perspective of life.
- When you returned to RIT? Did you feel different? If so, how?
After my study abroad program, I realized that many of us do not take time to explore our own backyard, Rochester, as it is a city with many hidden gems. Not only that, my life goals are shaping into something I want after that once in a lifetime experience.
- You did a lot of independent travelling. Where did you go?
After my study abroad program, I got bitten by the travel bug and did more traveling afterward! As of today, I have been to 29 countries and counting! I went on a backpacking trip in Eastern Europe in the summer of 2015 and then after I graduated, I went to New Zealand and lived there for almost 7 months on Working Holiday VISA (easy to get!). Recent summer, I went on a Birthright trip to Israel and then backpacking in Europe. So far, I have been to Canada, United States, Cuba, Finland, Croatia, England, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria, Israel, Jordan, Germany, Czech Republic, Norway, and Denmark.
- What was your favorite memory from your travels?
There are so many favorite memories of my travels! When I live in New Zealand, I literally lived in my 1997 Honda Odyssey for 3 months and one day I drove on the west coast of South Island. When my friend and I approached Queenstown, we started to see those gorgeous mountains, and noticed many cars, vans, and campervans stopped on the left shoulder of the road (People drives on the left side of the road in New Zealand) and we decided to pull over for the photo op! Oops, the shoulder is basically swamp and all of vehicles were stuck and did not really warned us! But thankfully, we got out with everybody's help and their vehicle literally stuck and need a tow truck to pull them out! Gorgeous views can be dangerous!
- What was the most challenging thing you had to overcome during your travels?
The most challenging thing I had to overcome during my travels would be flexibility! Even though I lived in New Zealand for almost 7 months and there are so many things that I have not seen! I had to sacrifice some things due to bad weather, expensive, and not enough of the time. Of course, when I am on travel mode, I basically want to see everything! But after several sacrifices I made, I realized that I actually give myself a reason to come back! New Zealand is one of gorgeous countries in the world!
- What say to students to convince them to go abroad?
The abroad experience has a huge positive impact on myself, especially when it helps personal growth and developments! Over the years of traveling, the experience had shaped my perspective on the life and my life goals! It is a once in a lifetime opportunity!