Study Abroad: Rome, Italy
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Ahmed Mohamed

Ahmed Mohamed

Major: Philosophy and Communication Arts and Sciences
Minor: History
Hometown: Belleville, New Jersey

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I found this opportunity online after searching for the right program for me.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

We were in Rome for three weeks and we stayed in a very hospitable hotel with the rest of the class. One thing I really enjoyed about this class is that we were not restricted to sitting in a classroom. We were outside actually visiting the things we were learning about. I was able to meet students who I would have never met at Penn State and they turned into friends and I wouldn't give up my experience for anything. This study abroad experience was absolutely life-changing.

"This study abroad experience was absolutely life-changing."

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this definitely was a change because we spent most of our time outside visiting the historical sites we were learning about. Visiting these sites in person helped me to learn the information much better since I was able to experience the sites directly.

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

I want to attend law school when I graduate from Penn State and become a criminal prosecutor and eventually a judge. This experience reassured what I wanted to do. I saw the passion that my professors had for what they did and it showed me that whatever you do, if you have passion for it, then you will love it.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely. It's a different style of program but if you are looking for some intense traveling and an opportunity to earn academic credit, then this is the program for you.

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