Towerlight Column Spring 2016: Christina in Cape Town

Follow along with Christina as she explores her new home for the semester in Cape Town, South Africa! She’ll be writing for the Towerlight to keep us updated on her adventure.

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We checked in with her recently and had her answer some of our burning questions!

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Christina Mattera, and I am a Junior, Mass Communications (PR and Advertising) major, and marketing minor, graduating in 2017. I am originally from Ellicott City, MD, but I am currently studying at University of Cape Town, in South Africa for the spring 2016 semester.

Q: When deciding where to study abroad, what led you to choose your destination?

I’ve always wanted to do a missions trip in Africa and I knew that if I studied abroad in Cape Town I would have a real opportunity to make a difference! The University of Cape Town has volunteer programs where they take us to townships to teach local kids, which is such an amazing experience! I also wanted to be thrust into a culture that’s totally different from America.

Q: What research did you do about your destination? What are some tips you have for others doing the same?

The program I’m here with is called International Studies Abroad (ISA) and between their website and Towson’s resources, I was able to do thorough research on exactly what to expect. Towson’s Study Abroad Office is amazing and they helped me every step of the way! Besides that, I used Google and Pinterest to find all of the touristy information!

Q: What challenges did you anticipate in your new destination?

I anticipated that my biggest challenge would be finding my way around and adjusting to a new culture. Most people can speak English here which is really great, but their accents are so thick that sometimes it’s still hard to understand!

Q:What were you most looking forward to?

When I decided to come to South Africa, I was most looking forward to the volunteer opportunities and warm weather! I love kids and I couldn’t wait to start volunteering and forming relationships with the local children. The beaches here are so beautiful, and my favorite thing to do is to spend some time doing homework on the beach after class!

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Towerlight Column Fall 2014: On Site in London

We are proud to have another study abroad student writing for the Towerlight this semester about her time abroad! Sydney Adamson is headed to the American International University in London, UK. Before she heads out, we had a chance to ask her a few questions!

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Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi! My name is Sydney Adamson. I’m double majoring in General Design Studies and Mass Comm: Journalism, graduating in 2015. I’m originally from Sykesville, MD and during the fall 2014 semester I will be living and learning in London, England through AIFS Abroad.

Q. Why did you choose your location?
I decided to study in London because I’m very interested in all the culture and opportunity that the city holds. There is a lot of amazing music coming out of England as a whole and that’s something I’m very into as well since I’m working toward becoming an entertainment journalist. It doesn’t hurt that I speak the language, either…

Q. What’s that #1 bucketlist item you are most looking forward to?
I’ve always wanted to live in another country, so just living in London checks one thing off of my bucket list. I’m also looking forward to traveling to other countries, like Ireland, France and The Netherlands. It will be super easy to access those countries since I’ll already be in England and they’re all on my bucket list of places to visit.

Q. Is there anything you’re worried about?
When it comes down to it, I’m most worried about money. I’m not the best at sticking to a budget but I will be setting myself a weekly limit and hopefully I’ll stay true to it. Wish me luck!

Q. Anything else you’d like to add about your upcoming adventure?
I know that the 3.5 months I spend in London will be unforgettable no matter what and I’m so antsy to see just what they have to offer. I’m so pumped to share my adventures with my study abroad column, too!

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