Meet Our Blogger: Robert
Paris, Fall 2015
July 19, 2015

Robert Caruso - Fall 15 - Paris
Robert (Bobby) was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Fall 2015 term. He is a current student at Western New England University studying at American University of Paris (AUP) in Paris, France during the Fall 2015 term.
GET TO KNOW BOBBY
Tell us why you chose to study abroad.

My decision to study abroad has roots back to high school. I traveled to France on a trip with one of my teachers and it had a tremendous impact on me, and I told myself I would return for a longer period of time some day. It seems that it is finally that time. I took French throughout middle and high school and have always been fascinated with the French culture. I wanted nothing more than to feel like a Parisian, even if only temporarily. Since entering college, I continued to hope I would have the opportunity to study abroad and finally, in my senior year I am getting that opportunity.

Tell us about your school, major, interests, clubs (you in a nutshell).

I’m a pretty involved student at Western New England University. On campus I do a lot with our first-year program and have served as a Peer Advisor (a mentoring position for 15-25 freshmen) for two years, a First Year Seminar Assistant, and Orientation Group Leader. Additionally I’m a tour guide, and serve on my class council. I am also a theatre minor which has always been a big part of my life. Academically I am a Communication–Journalism major, and I ultimately want to transition that into a role in entertainment news. I’ve become almost obsessed with interning and have had 6 up to this point, this summer I’m currently interning at VH1, which has been a dream come true.

What are you most excited about re. studying abroad?

I’m excited to fully immerse myself in the Parisian lifestyle. For me, even when going to college a few hours away in a different state. I felt a complete paradigm shift of sorts. As a student of media I’m also extremely excited to observe international media practices and viewpoints. I also am looking forward to writing for AUP’s student media publications.

What are you most nervous about re. studying abroad?

Studying abroad in my senior year inherently presents some challenges. It might be hard for me to plan ahead for my final semester at college when I’m abroad in the fall. I don’t want to spend my time in Paris applying for internships or graduate school, but some deadlines will require that.

What are three goals that you would like to achieve/accomplish while abroad?
  • I really want to become fluent in French while abroad and even though I’ll be studying at an American university, I am really hoping to gain a handful of French friends.
  • I hope to get involved at AUP and do more than just go to class, I want to become part of the student media organizations and maybe even the wine society.
  • Lastly, I hope to travel while I’m abroad. Mostly I want to visit Venice, southern France, Prague, and London. At the end of the day, who knows where this journey will take me, though?

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