Clara was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Fall 2015 term. She is a current student at College of William and Mary studying at Siena Italian Studies (SIS) in Siena, Italy during the Fall 2015 term.
GET TO KNOW CLARA
Tell us why you chose to study abroad.
I chose to study abroad to become immersed in another culture. The prospect of living with a family really appealed to me, and I also wanted to become more fluent in Italian. My mom studied abroad in college, so her stories from her own experience inspired me to participate in a year abroad, too.
Tell us about your school, major, interests, clubs (you in a nutshell).
I love my home college in the U.S. so, so much. I go to the College of William & Mary, where the majority of students are super nerds, and we all love each other for that. I am majoring in English and am minoring in Italian. This past year, I was secretary of my Women’s Chorus, treasurer of the college’s Harry Potter club, and volunteered twice a week with youth serving time in a juvenile detention facility. In my free time, I love to read, eat, and watch a ton of Netflix.
What are you most excited about re. studying abroad?
I am most excited to try new things, meet new people, and learn another language in the place where it is actually spoken. I am so happy that I can live with a host family, and I hope they can become my home away from home. I am also looking forward to the amazing Italian food I’ll get my hands on!
What are you most nervous about re. studying abroad?
I am very nervous about living so far away from home for such a long period of time. My family is really close, so it will be a big adjustment. I am also nervous about getting around before I feel super confidant with my Italian. It will all be challenging at times, but I’ll be ok!
What are three goals that you would like to achieve/accomplish while abroad?
While I’m abroad I hope to have experiences out of my comfort zone, become a little more extroverted, and learn how to cook things other than instant macaroni and toast.