Dana is currently studying abroad in London, England. She is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Psychology at Montclair State University.
Where did you go to school?
Montclair State University
When and where did you study abroad?
Currently abroad in London, England at Goldsmiths University of London
What is the BEST part about studying abroad?
Diving into a new culture, making friends with people all around the world, improved my vocabulary, traveling and touring multiple countries in Europe, being independent and learning how to do things on your own, becoming a regular at certain stores, growing as my own person .
What has been your BIGGEST challenge studying abroad?
Grocery shopping, the internet connection, getting over American food cravings. The more grocery shopping I did the easier it became to become adjusted to British foods which also helped me overcome my craving for American food. However there are times when I could really go for buffalo wings, but those are the things that just made me appreciate home a little more. As for the internet connection, well let’s just say the university has gotten a little better at connecting it’s students to the internet.
How has studying abroad changed your life?
I believe in myself more when it comes to being on my own in a very strange country. I am able to appreciate other peoples backgrounds because I have a better understanding of what it means to be in their culture. I have become more assertive and clear about how to go about getting what I want because I feel less timid and limited.
What are your plans for the future?
I am a BFA Musical Theatre major and earning my minor in Psychology. I have lived in North Jersey(metropolitan area of New York City) all my life and go to a college that is a twenty minute drive from my house. Hence why I had such a strong desire to move away from Jersey and go somewhere far away! When I return I will continue being a student and expanding my knowledge of becoming a performing artist. I have been working all my life to become a singer/actor so when I return I will keep striving for my goal!
What’s your BEST piece of advice for a student who is thinking about studying abroad?
Don’t think and just go! Never say “maybe later” or “another day” or “No”. You only get this opportunity once so live it up and remember that there is no day but today.