Meet Our Blogger: Clara
Siena, Fall 2015
July 13, 2015

Clara K - Fall 15 - Siena

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.


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.

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1 responses to “Meet Our Blogger: Clara”

  1. Go Clara!! Hope you have tons of fun there and keep us updated with all your adventure!!!

    by April Zheng on July 16, 2015 at 8:15 pm

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