Intro: (Tell us a bit about yourself)
My name is Ciara I am a junior, Communication Sciences & Disorders major. I am from Brockton Ma.
Why did you choose the Budapest semester program?
I picked this program because I wanted to go somewhere different and somewhere you never really hear about everyday.
Did you find your course work pushed you to explore more of Budapest that you might not have otherwise?
I definitely feel like my course work helped me explore Budapest more. The course load was manageable and for one of my courses I took I had the opportunity to explore different parts of Budapest.
What will be your best memory of being abroad?
My best memory of being abroad was being on the Danube river cruise and being able to see the Chain bridge, Elisabeth bridge, and the liberty bridge at night. It was just so unreal and an amazing view.
Were you able to carve out opportunities to meet locals abroad? How was socializing in Budapest different from socializing back home?
What personal and professional changes have you seen in yourself since you began your study abroad program? Are they positive or negative? Why do you think these changes have occurred?
After studying abroad I realized how much of a positive effect it had on me. I grew up so much as a person and became so independent. Living in a completely different environment with a different culture does that to you and then you end feeling like you’re apart of that culture.
How has it been readjusting to life in Durham?
I found readjusting to life in Durham fairly easy although, a month into the semester I started missing Budapest a lot.
(You can just list these below you interview, we have some examples on the blog if you’re confused https://colastudyabroad.com/tips/)
Place to eat: Local Korner, Made in Pasta, Soul food
Places to go: Szimpla farmer’s market, Holocaust memorial by the Danube river, Hills on the Buda side facing the liberty bridge
Events to attend:
Stores/shops to go to: ZARA, Bershka (FAVORITE!)
Transportation tips: Always hold your belongings close to you at all times to avoid getting pickpocketed.