Lianne Cuscani
Class of 2011
John Cabot University
Rome, Italy

How did you select your Study/Intern Abroad location?

I selected my Study Abroad location based mostly on my Italian heritage.

Why did you want to study or intern abroad?

I wanted to study abroad so that I could experience another culture and grow as a person.

What were the highlights of this experience?

The highlights of my experience were getting to see all the historical things like the Colosseum and the Pantheon that people only read about, all the new friends I made, and experiencing the Italian culture firsthand.

What surprised you the most?

The Italians close everything down from 1-4 in the afternoon. American culture is about convenience and consumerism, whereas Italian culture is more slow paced, allowing time out of the day to rest.

How has (or how might) this experience affect your major and future career?

This experience has opened my eyes to the fact that not all cultures are like ours, especially in a business sense. In management courses you read about the culture spectrum and the different approaches each culture takes in business, but to experience it makes a bigger impression.

What would you tell students considering studying or interning abroad?

Absolutely do it if you can. It is a great experience that you will always remember.

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