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Caroline Kershner- Vienna

Caroline Kershner

Name: Caroline Kershner

 

Major: Interdisciplinary Humanities, European Studies

 

Languages: English, German, and some Italian

 

Study Abroad Program: IES Abroad Vienna (Fall 2011)

 

International Experience: I studied and lived in Vienna, Austria for a

semester. While there, I also visited Germany, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. In high school, I participated in an exchange program to Germany (GAPP) and traveled to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji with People to People Student Ambassadors.

 

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in the Study Abroad Office: The four months I spent abroad were some of the best of my life. I am always eager to speak about my experience to anyone willing to listen. Personally I was not too anxious about my program until I was already abroad, but I know other people can get nervous much earlier. I would love to help them prepare for their time abroad in any way possible, whether it is answering any questions they might have, providing advice, figuring out travel plans, or simply sharing stories. I met with someone at USD that had participated in the same program (IES Abroad) while I was still deciding where I wanted to go. Talking with her truly impacted my decision, because she could not stop smiling for the entire conversation. She told me about different things to do and see while there, what I should and should not bring from home, and many other helpful tips. Her enthusiasm for the program really made my decision that much easier, because I wanted to feel that way about my study abroad too. I would love to do the same for others at USD.

 

Best Advice for students planning to study abroad: Take advantage of

every situation. Our program had the slogan "Squeeze the juice," meaning take the most out of every moment. There are so many new things to see, do, taste, and experience abroad and you'll only regret what you did not try. Don't be afraid to speak to the locals, especially if it's in another language. Most likely they won't care if you make mistakes, because they'll be pleased at your effort. Try not to look at everything through a filter, instead be open to new things and try not to judge too quickly. Be aware of your spending. Make a budget and stick to it. Money can disappear much faster than anticipated if you're not careful. And most importantly, have fun! Your time abroad will go by far too quickly so squeeze the juice!
ckershner@sandiego.edu