Spring semester course registration is just around the corner, but while my peers consider their class options with their core advisers here on campus, I’m busy contemplating what I should study in Italy. I had always dreamed of studying abroad when I came to CNU, but I was completely lost on to how to bring this idea into reality. I was advised to start considering my options early on, so the first thing I did during the ending weeks of my freshman year was set up an appointment with the study abroad office. I was met by the most helpful staff who answered any question I had and guided me to the destination that would best fit my goals and major.
Once I determined my destination I was able to narrow down my choice to my absolute favorite based on location and available classes. The next step that worried me the most was figuring out how I could afford it. After talking to the financial planner of the study abroad office, we found that it was actually not too expensive! She also made sure I had access to financial paperwork, that honestly confused me to no end, and explained every component that I needed to fill out, as well as the significance of each item. Lastly, she recommended a few scholarships to review, which helped start my process to applying.
Next I had to update my passport and fill out a bunch of paperwork, but my study abroad adviser helped me every step of the way. She was extremely helpful with the process and made sure I had everything I needed to achieve my goal. I am proud to say I received my acceptance letter to Florence University of the Arts, where I will be studying political science and communication. I am beyond excited to depart this January, but I owe it all to the wonderful study abroad staff that made everything possible.