Avery Pan, European Transformation Madrid to Rome, Spain and Italy (Global Studies & Chinese Major)

Best Memory: “Having the freedom to travel not only within my location of study but to places all over Europe that I had not been to before. I tried to go to places that I knew nothing about, and learn as much as I could while I was there. I met amazing people from all over the world – that sort of memory as well as experience is absolutely priceless.”

Biggest Challenge:
 “Acclimating to the culture of the Italian workforce. As someone who interned abroad in Rome, it was necessary for me to adapt to and emulate the lifestyle of the working class in Rome. Their approaches to work-related tasks can be very different than to what we’re used to here; I found it somewhat more disorganized and a bit more informal, but all it took was some time to adjust and get comfortable with the structure of their working environments and procedures abroad. If you want to be successful in any of your future endeavours, you must be prepared to initially feel uncomfortable in a new setting as well as understand that having adaptability as a quality in oneself will prove to be a great advantage in any work setting.”

How You’ve Changed Since: 
“I’ve learned a lot about just how many different varying perspectives and cultures there really are out there. I’ve met some of the most knowledgable people. They have taught me more than just invaluable advice – I’ve had some of the most enjoyable conversations and have learned so much regarding differing perspectives and interests, the global economy, politics, food, and above all else about how you treat people. I can honestly say that meeting people from all over who share these values has encouraged me to be the best person I can be, live up to my full potential, and never stop trying to learn more.”

Advice To Prospective EAP Students: 
“Studying abroad has truly been an unforgettable experience. To me, traveling is so important. As the generation who makes up the future, it’s crucial that we are aware or have some sort of taste in what it means to be a ‘global community’. We must acknowledge the fact that there are people from all over the world with varying perspectives, cultures, and other amazing things to offer – all of which whom together make up our planet.”

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