Santa Clara University

Hannah Scott '13

International Ambassador

Why do you want to serve as an International Ambassador?
I want students who are preparing to go abroad to have someone to talk to about their pre-abroad jitters. Last year when I was preparing to go abroad, I was very grateful to be able to talk to international ambassadors as well as other friends who went abroad about my worries as well. I want to contribute the insight I gained while being abroad and I hope to answer any questions students will have. I think that students can feel more comfortable embracing the idea of going abroad for a semester if they know that peers like myself are willing to help them with the process.

Deciding factor for studying abroad?
I decided that Florence was the perfect fit for me because I was able to study art (one of my passions), immerse myself in a very different culture by living with a host family, and have the opportunity to speak another language. I also realized that Florence was a very convenient location for the traveling. I had the opportunity to travel to places like Greece, Spain, England and the Czech Republic with little to no hassle. Florence was perfect for me because it wasn't too small or too big. And by the end of my experience I really felt that I made it my own. Plus, I LOVE food. Italy was the perfect place for amazing food.

Defining Moment Abroad?
My defining moment abroad was when my host mother, Caterina, decided to give us cooking lessons on how to make gnocchi, pesto and her famous lasagne. I really felt at this moment in time, I was experiencing what it meant to be abroad. She would teach us how to cook only by speaking Italian to us and we played interesting Italian music during the process. When the dishes were ready to eat, Caterina, her two little boys, my roommate and myself would sit down at the table and recollect the activities we joined in that day. My host mother and her two sons made my experience even greater than anything I expected going into abroad.

Advice to Prospective study abroad students?
Always know your surroundings. Take advantage of every opportunity. Make a budget of where you want to go, and then also extra money for other adventures you will run into there. Eat as much as you can, the food and the extra pounds are incredibly worth it. Meet new people and never be afraid that they are different than you. Never get upset about being abroad. It's only four months that you will remember for the rest of your life. If I were to have prepared any differently, I would not have planned all of my trips. There were places I didn't even think about before abroad. And if I had more time, I would have liked to have traveled to these destinations.