The Chance of a Lifetime
One day Maggie Weber was sitting in sculpture class when Professor Mark Moak mentioned an informational meeting about a trip to Italy he was organizing. A friend came to her and convinced her to attend the meeting.
"All my friend had to say was 'why wouldn't we go – it's the chance of a lifetime,'" Maggie said. By committing to a semester in Italy, Maggie joined many other RMC students who take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities offered each year.
After one week each in Rome and Florence and a cultural whirlwind, Maggie found herself at Villa Pieve near Perugia, Italy, where she and her peers lived with a host family.
"Living with a family at the villa was cool because we got to meet locals and see what the actual country was like – not just the tourist parts of it," she said.
"For instance, during our fall break, a group of us when to the island of Sardinia and rented a beach house for the week. We didn't know that Sardinia has a whole different dialect than the rest of Italy. It took a lot to figure things out when we didn't understand the language."
But Maggie says navigating dialect barriers and the country was much easier with her RMC group.
"Our whole group was really diverse, but when we got there, we all grew together into this close-knit family," she said. "It's crazy how these bonds were made."
"The best part of the experience was not the country or the sights," she said. "Seeing all of those things are great, but it's really about the people that you meet and the unexpected connections."
Lasting friendships, cross-cultural links, and life-changing experiences await all students who choose to study abroad with RMC.