Ali McCall Young
English Literature & Writing
Class of 2010
Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Egypt, Morocco
How did you select your Study/Intern Abroad location?
I chose it based on how many different countries I would be visiting. I didn’t want to be confined to only one place.
Why did you want to study or intern abroad?
I’ve never left the country before, and I wanted to finally do some traveling in an educational atmosphere. As a writer, I thought the experience would broaden my horizons.
What were the highlights of this experience?
My favorite moments were watching a whirling dervish ceremony in Istanbul and also shopping in the world-famous grand bazaar there, kayaking and snorkeling in Dubrovnik, seeing a Flamenco performance in Spain, eating authentic Italian food, watching the pyramids at sunrise, riding a camel, and sunbathing on the ship’s deck in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
What surprised you the most?
I was mostly surprised at just how different people in other countries are from Americans. You don’t realize how vast the world really is and how diverse humans are until you’ve traveled to places you’ve never been before.
How has (or how might) this experience affect your major and future career?
My writing has definitely been affected. I have a better grasp on humanity and the world now that I’ve been outside of my shell and the bubble that I’ve grown up in as an American. I’ve been reading literature about other places in the world and now I have a better picture in my mind when I read because I’ve actually visited the places I’m reading about.
What would you tell students considering studying or interning abroad?
DO IT! It will be one of the greatest experiences of your life and no matter what the cost, you will think it was worth it. Life experience doesn’t have a monetary value.