Isabel Torres, Italy

March 29, 2017

"I want to work in the foreign service!" says Isabel, who studied abroad in Rome.

Where did you go?  Rome, Italy

What was the most culturally shocking thing you experienced or observed?  The use of personal space! Most of the time on buses, trains, and even while I was out exploring the city, most people did not maintain the personal space I am used to.

What was the most rewarding part of studying abroad?  Meeting so many interesting people and exploring countries and cities I had bookmarked on my computer for years. 

How did being an anthropology major prepare you or help you?  I have mostly studied cultural anthropology so it was really neat to experience some of the cultures I had read about in my classes. 

What are your plans for the future?  I want to work in the foreign service!

What do you think other Anthropology students should know before going abroad?  Budget! You think your money will last for months but trust me, it will not! Being abroad is so exciting and you’ll want to experience everything and eat all the yummy food but you’ll definitely run out of cash if you don’t budget, I know I did.

How did your experiences traveling abroad change your expectations for travelling in the U.S.?  Traveling abroad made me feel more confident about planning trips in the U.S. 

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