A Complete Theater Experience January 27, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/09/2018 to 12/16/2018 with

National Theater Institute: NTI Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about myself, how I work under pressure, my strengths in the field of theater and where I need to grow, and I gained so many incredible relationships that I feel so blessed to have.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Incredibly intense. I learned SO much and pushed my limits in more ways than I ever imagined. It was so worth the hard work.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were great! Super helpful and communicative. Easily accessible and cared about each individual student very much.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was beautiful! Really nice and all accommodations were immaculate and if there were any issues, they were responded to immediately.

* Food:

It was pretty good! Not amazing, but totally satisfactory.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The O'Neill is kind of a world of its own, and in that environment and culture I absolutely felt like part of the family. I did not feel connected to the town of Waterford, but I was not expecting to, it was not a goal of the program.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

They immediately responded to health concerns and gave rides to the clinic.

* Safety:

Again, the surrounding town was not really on my radar, but the O'Neill campus felt incredibly safe, and they were clearly taking all steps to keep us feeling safe and comfortable.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

ABSOLUTELY. I grew so much and it was entirely life changing. I am so grateful. I miss it so much.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Everything was included. I felt very well cared for.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $25

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • The classes with professionals
  • Travelling
* What could be improved?
  • Food. But it was totally fine!
  • A few classes I didn't love
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how amazing it was going to be and that it was going to make me feel so good, so that I could have gone in with fewer nerves and without fear of really putting myself out there.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.