Student Spotlight: Alex Yaney, Study Abroad Fall 2012

My experience at John Cabot University was excellent from beginning to end. Right off the plane, I felt welcome to both Rome and JCU. The John Cabot staff that helped us get organized and oriented was essential to this process. They were extremely helpful and friendly. Everyone I came with was exhausted and flustered, but the staff really helped us feel at home. The residences at John Cabot are excellent, first class. They are clean, up-to-date, and large enough for six guys to function without getting in one another’s way, which is quite the feat. I found the kitchen to be particularly nice. It was well stocked and was of great use in cooking our own meals.

The people I have met at JCU as part of my abroad experience are amazing. I will be friends with some of them for the rest of my life. All of the students, whether degree-seekers or visiting students, are extremely easy to get along with. Right away, I made friends with my Skipper and continue to go out and have dinner with her now.

My classes at John Cabot have been good overall. My Italian class has been particularly interesting and helpful during my experience abroad. However, I have enjoyed all of my classes. The professors are all of the highest caliber. Being a Science major at home, I was not used to all of the reading and paper writing that the classes at John Cabot entailed. But, the professors were excellent with helping me deal with any issue I may have had. If I had a question on a paper I was working on, I knew that I could go to any of my professors and they would do their best to help me with whatever I needed.

While discussing classes, I would like to take a minute to talk about the onsite classes that John Cabot offers. I am in two full onsite classes and one partial onsite. These classes are gems. They allowed me to see the city that I have been living in for months and to learn things that I never would have otherwise. I would strongly encourage any future study abroad student to take at least one onsite class.

I am actually sad to be writing this, because it means that my JCU experience is almost over. This has truly been one of the best experiences of my entire life. I wouldn’t give it up for the world. I want to take this last chance to thank everyone who played a part in my wonderful experience and to encourage anyone considering studying abroad at John Cabot to give it a serious look. They won’t be disappointed if they decide to spend their abroad time at JCU. I sure wasn’t!

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Alex Yaney
University of Notre Dame
Study Abroad Fall 2012

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