Study abroad student travels from RIT to Italy

Student Spotlight
Kara Shierly, fourth-year marketing

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Kara Shierly attends a soccer game in Florence, Italy. She spent the first four months of her final year doing undergraduate coursework abroad.

Kara Shierly, fourth-year marketing major, spent the first four months of her final year doing undergraduate coursework in Florence, Italy. Shierly describes her time overseas and the culture shock she experienced. Now equipped with the knowledge of other countries and cultures, Shierly will continue to travel abroad and apply her experience to her future career.

Question: Where are you from?
Answer: I am from Binghamton, N.Y.

Q: What brought you to RIT?
A: I came to RIT because of the size and how well it is known in the area.

Q: What was your favorite part of studying abroad?
A: There are so many things that I loved about living in Europe, so it is hard to pick just one. When it comes down to it though, I love the food most. Being over there, I ate fresh everything. There were lots of fresh pasta in every form—and gelato on every corner. There was so much good food.

Q: Why did you choose to study abroad?
A: I have always loved traveling so it was obvious to me that I should go abroad.

Q: How will studying abroad help you in the future?
A: In a global environment, any experience I have in another culture makes me more marketable to firms. Also, knowing more about the world in which we live can never hurt.

Q: How can other students study abroad?
A: RIT has a few global campuses. I have heard that they are wonderful, especially the one in Croatia. The Office of Study Abroad & Fellowships in Global Village has a ton of programs to consider as well.

Q: Do you plan on studying abroad or traveling abroad in the future?
A: I will always plan on traveling in the future. I hope that I never stop finding new places and experiencing new cultures.

Q: What activities are you involved with on campus?
A: I am quite involved on campus. I am in both Women in Business and the Lowenthal Service Group. I try to stay involved and busy on campus.

Q: Any advice you would give to other RIT students?
A: Go abroad! Who wouldn’t want to get away from RIT for a bit?

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