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Chris Gillen


What was the scariest part about thinking about study abroad? What were you worried about before you left?

I was not really worried at all! Besides maybe having a safe flight, I was just really excited for the opportunity to explore a new culture.
What was the best part about studying abroad?
Being out of the country and meeting new people is the best thing about studying abroad. It's awesome to see other parts of the world and to experience it all with new-found friends that you will have for the rest of your life.

What would you say to someone who wasn’t sure about studying abroad?
I would say if you have any desire to study abroad, just do it. This is the best time of your life to do it!
If at all, how do you think studying abroad changed you?
For me specifically, I learned about the Holocaust at a historical location where this tragedy took place, Auschwitz. Studying abroad opened my eyes to the tragedies that take place all over the world and the importance of learning about other peoples cultures. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that all students should take advantage of.

What was your favorite meal?
My favorite meal in Poland was easily pierogies!