Education Abroad:
London and Rome

Mae Alba takes selfie at the leaning tower of Pisa

Multicultural Histories and Legacies of London and Rome gave me the opportunity to experience a new culture, to study how different social issues relate to power and privilege, and how service learning impacts becoming a global citizen. While in Rome we interacted with non-profit organizations that helped the homeless obtain the essentials they need to live. While volunteering, the class and I got to enjoy the main aspects of Italy, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum, and Pompeii.

Mae Alba at food bank in London

While in London we got to meet with the British League of Muslims and students from the University of Sussex to talk about how their social identities affect their everyday lives. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Natural History Museum and Shakespeare’s Globe where just a couple of the activities we got to experience. One of the best parts about the trip was that it offered the structure of a classroom environment while allowing students to explore on their own. I got to learn about street art and what the song “Electric Avenue” was talking about with the class, but on my own I got to visit little restaurants and the Harry Potter Studios. I got to experience the culture in a large group and on my own. Overall I would encourage anyone who wants to study abroad to do so.

Maekenzine Alba throws coin in fountain in Rome

Anyone who is thinking about studying abroad should not hesitate and take the chance while they can. When first thinking about studying abroad, I was nervous about finances and traveling so far away, but The Ohio State University proved to me that anyone can do it. If a student is worried about finances, there are scholarships everywhere. If they are worried about being so far away, there are trips that guarantee the support that they would need.

Maekenzine Alba on gondola in Rome

Overall the most important aspect of studying abroad is what you get out of it. It gives you stories of a lifetime and memories that you couldn’t make elsewhere. It gives you a new outlook on something that you might have only seen one way. Studying abroad opens your mind to new issues that before might have felt so far away. You can meet people that you otherwise would have never known. It gives you the chance to learn to adapt to new environments and situations. Overall studying abroad is an opportunity I am glad I never gave up and that I wouldn’t want anyone else to give up. 

Written by Maekenize Alba
Undergraduate majoring in Mathematics

Maekenzine Alba eating with her friends in streetside cafe