In Their Own Words - Students

In Their Own Words: Student Viewpoints

What do students who traveled with MVCC to Amsterdam, Paris and London in Spring 2013 on and ASC scholarship have to say about their experience?

"I had no idea what to expect before I left for that airport in Albany. The only thing I knew was that it would be unbelieveable and it was. Going overseas connected to the campus teaching and learning by our being able to see what we are actually being taught. You learn so much but seeing things with your own eyes is magical, like seeing the Palace of Versailles...I am a picky eater but I gave everything a chance and loved it all.

The most vivid experience I had overseas was standing in front of the Eiffel Tower. I always dreamed about traveling the world and seeing the Eiffel Tower. Then it hit me that I was living a dream come true.  Other students should definitely consider studying overseas. It opens your eyes to diferent cultures and different ways of living."

--Ariana Kousouros



"Other students should study abroad because it is not likely that everyone would come across the opportunity again. I think college is the best time to go overseas. It is an experience of a lifetime and agreat way to meet new people.

I was surprised [by] how much at home I felt in all the places we went."

--Sharea Walters



"This was my first memorable trip overseas; I was born in Belgium and brought back before any memories could form. I expected a fun and majestic time in an unfamiliar landscape, and that's exactly what it was. We walked many of the famous streets that Ernest Hemingway walked through the sity of Paris. A city that inspirred him and captured his heart...

The most visid moment for me was standing on Montparnasse in Paris. Seeing the entire city and all the historical famous buildings I have read so much about vaulted me back in time to a city in which I could live. Paris had great nostaligia for the old relaxing ways. The biggest challenge for me was we didn't have enough time and there was a language barrier, but that's not enough to stop me from doing it again. This was the most amazing cultural experience anyone could participate in. I would recommend it to anyone with the money because it is money well spent."

--Justin Newman


"This was, in fact, my first trip overseas. I try to go into everything with little to no expectations. I did expect to learn, see and experience a lot of new things, which we definitely did, but I did not expect how much fun we would have together as a group. It was really surprising!...I easily got by with one small suitcase and a purse--but this seemed to surprise everyone else except me!

There is no better way to experience a culture and its history than seeing it first hand, geting up close and personal. It connected to what we learned in class perfectly. I was able to learn a lot more than I would if I hadn't taken the class and I felt really prepared for the trip since we had gone over everything together. I'll definitey remmeber this trip for the rest of my life, but there were specific things that will always stand out. Getting to know everyone on the trip will stay with me for a long time. Of course being in...the different countries where one collective culture was predominate was awe-inspiring, but my favorite was Amsterdam, which I'll probably remember the most. I really loved the healthy vibes throughout the city, fewer cars, way more pedestrians, and even more bikes than people!

All in all, it was a very pleasant experience and I can't wait to go back! Thank you for the opportunity!"

--Anastasia Docherty


"I have arrived home after a wonderful 10 day trip overseas. The weeks prior to departure, I was imagining how much fun I would have while overseas. I expected to learn more about myself and the world while overseas and that is exactly what happened. The trip connected to the on-campus teaching because we visitied a few museums and saw many of the works we learned about.

I had the time of my life...I enjoyed each place equally and I am certain I will rmemeber almost everything I experienced fifteen years form now. I beliecve other students should study abroad because it is the type of experience students should have before they become established in a career or a family. Also, I believe, like I did, they will learn more about themselves and the world."

Katie Hoke


"This was my first time going overseas. Before that the furthest I'd ever gone was Texas. I knew that I was going to see amazing things that I had read about in history classes, seen on television, and day dreamed about my whole life. The study tour exceeded all of my expectations.

The most vivid memory I have of the trip was in Paris. We all went to the rooftop of the tallest building in the city as it was getting dark. The moon was full and the Eiffel Tower was sparkling. We could see for miles in every direction; it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

The biggest challenge for me was the lack of sleep, but the adrenaline of being in a  foreign country and doing exciting things made it a lot easier to deal with. Now that I have returned from the trip, I truly understand what my teachers were saying when they told me I was on a life changing trip. The world has gotten considerably smaller for me, and traveling has become something that I know I can do without being afraid. The MVCC study abroad program has changed the way I see the word, really! Everyone should take advantage of this opportunity, Traveling teaches you so much about yourself besides teaching you about other cultures. It was fun, it was educational, it was mind-blowing!"

--Alison Brown

And here are some responses from students from previous study tours...

Student Katie Daley on an MVCC Trip to Europe



“It’s hard to put this experience into words! I’ve always wanted to go to both Ireland and England so I was really excited when I found out MVCC was offering this study abroad program.

This experience exceeded my expectations. I think what I enjoyed the most was all the beautiful scenery and landscapes! It’s hard to pick just one of my favorite things we did on our travels. The Ring of Kerry in Ireland was breathtaking and surviving the climb to the top of Blarney castle was a pretty cool accomplishment  :-)

Without exaggeration, I’d have to say that this trip was one of the best things I’ve done so far in my life. I’ve made some really good friends and nice memories! I have also always wanted to go to England.

Some of the fun things we did while we were there included going to see Buckingham Palace (even though it was raining that day) and going to see the play Wicked. That was my first time seeing that so it was pretty cool! Also, a few of us got together and went to King's Cross Station to see Platform 9¾ (which is a Harry Potter thing) so that was awesome for us Harry Potter nerds.

One of the things I found was different between Europe and the United States was obviously getting used to the way the people there spoke in regards to their accents and the different words they used for certain things. I’ve always though British accents were interesting though!

In summary, the trip was very gratifying for me but not nearly long enough!”

--Katie Daley


“Being able to travel abroad was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I loved that we were able to spend the night in North Wales because my ancestors traveled to America from Wales. All the sites and places that we visited were so phenomenal! I really appreciate the opportunity that MV gave to use to be able to travel through Ireland, North Wales and England. This is a trip I will never forget.”

--Laura Kalk