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Meet Joe Norris


April 2012

Hometown: Chillicothe, IL
Major: Theology and Philosophy
What country did you study abroad in? Italy
How long were you there? 3 Weeks

Why did you choose to study in that country/participate in that program?
Learning about ancient civilizations and about the development of Christianity have both always been interesting to me, and I saw this as an opportunity to learn more about both. Additionally some of my family is from Italy, specifically from Milan, so having the opportunity to visit the city that my great-grandparents once lived in was special.

What was the hardest part about studying abroad?
The hardest part was budgeting money and making sure that I would be able to eat at the end of the trip. There is always so much to do, see, and buy, but keeping in mind that we're there for three weeks–and that all of the money needs to last–was tough.

How did your experience abroad impact you as a person?
I learned a lot about myself, but it especially reinforced my goals of going to graduate school and continuing in the field of Theology.

Any advice to other students about studying abroad?
Pack light and sleep little. You'll have less weighing you down, and you'll get to see much more of the cities you visit.

Any other comments you'd like to share?
I've been abroad three times now–once for class–but any chance you get to go live with different people and experience different things is an opportunity you should definitely take. You'll learn a lot in the classroom, but most importantly you'll get to know yourself better and develop a lot of great friendships.

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