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Vincent Trometter

Vincent Trometter

Major: International Politics (International Relations Concentration)
Minor: International Business
Hometown: Williamsport, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I really hoped to study abroad but I wanted to make sure that my international studies would relate to my career plan. My major is International Politics with a concentration in International Relations. I am interested in business and my second language is French. The IES Paris, Business and International Affairs program was the best option for me because it was relevant to my academic major, my career interests, and my language abilities. I visited the Penn State Global Programs website and applied to the program.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This study abroad program was such a wonderful experience. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am glad that I took advantage of the opportunity. Along with the intensive, yet meaningful studies and school work, I made so many interesting friends and expanded my network to another continent. It was an experience I will share with everyone I meet in the future. I encourage anyone who is thinking about spending a semester abroad in Paris to apply and go abroad!

How did this experience impact you academically?

I have to say, I worked harder in my studies than ever before when I was studying in Paris. The teachers really pushed you to perform at a high level, which I appreciated. I learned so much that cannot be reflected in a college transcript. Meeting new people and discussing their perspectives is something I will cherish more than anything.

"Overall, this program has provided me with meaningful experiences and knowledge to pursue my career goals with confidence."

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I would really like to work for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) at some point in my life. One of my professors abroad actually worked for the OECD. I hope to continue that friendship and maybe expand on it in the future. Overall, this program has provided me with meaningful experiences and knowledge to pursue my career goals with confidence.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely! Studying abroad was such an amazing experience and something that will stay with you for the rest of your life. It will expand your academic horizons more than you can imagine. But more importantly, studying abroad will provide you with life lessons and the opportunity to find out who you are and what you really want in life.

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