Monthly Archives: October 2013
Grayden P., from North Carolina, was selected this year 2013-2014 as the iE-USA Youth Ambassador for study abroad! He will help answer any questions you may have. He studied abroad in Italy last year and had a wonderful time. See his experience here.
Do you have a question for Grayden about what his experience was like? Write him below!
Why did you study abroad?
“I always knew that I wanted to study abroad. The idea of completely immersing myself in another culture did not scare me; it intrigued me. Whether it was Europe, Africa, or any other continent, I desperately wanted a new adventure. And, I guess one could say I am a little impatient. Once I had this idea in my head, there was no letting it go. I began doing research to find a program that suited my personal and financial needs. Money was the biggest issue. But I asked for donations and saved every penny from work in order to get enough. The whole thing felt like a blur, or a dream. It did not even feel real as I boarded my plane to endure 24 hours of traveling. I was going to Africa! And today, as I sit in my in my new home, in Cape Town, South Africa, it still doesn’t feel real, for I am living my dream.”
How did you pay for your study abroad?
Ask Maria questions in the comment section!
Why did you study abroad?
“I had a lot of reasons for studying abroad! one of the main inspirations came from hosting exchange students in my family. I had a wonderful experience learning about another person’s culture, and sharing with and learning from them while they were also sharing with and learning from my family. I really wanted to have that experience as well. Another reason was that I really wanted to be bilingual, and I knew that going on exchange would give me the opportunity to become fluent in a language other than english. Why I chose Italy was also due to many reasons. I chose Italy because I really had always thought it was a very beautiful country, with a rich culture and history. I really wanted to learn Italian and make Italian friends, while learning more about the country. I also wanted to eat Italian food all the time! (who doesn’t?).
I chose to go for a full year because I think that a full year is when you truly start to take away all that the experience has to offer, and a half year is only 50% of the experience. You cut your experience in half, your time with your friends and time to learn the language, and many other things are halved when you do one semester as opposed to a full year abroad.
In the end I truly fulfilled all my goals! I learned Italian and became fluent in it, and was able to attend school, make lots of friends, learn a lot of other life skills (Outside of school), all while enjoying every minute of my experience!”
Ask Grayden a question in the comment section!