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In her words: What Christina Noto ’19 learned abroad, and why she’s headed to Namibia

The best learning occurs when we are outside of our comfort zones. During the fall semester of 2017, I studied abroad in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. I was eager to explore a new topic and region, having known very little about the Balkans and the field of Peace and Conflict.

My program through the School for International Training (SIT) was divided in two parts: three months were spent studying in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo while living with a host family; and during the last month of the program I lived independently in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia. During the first three months, I learned about the conflict in the Balkans, studied the language, and developed skills as a journalist. Through experiential learning and immersing myself in new cultures, I was able to better understand the regional conflict, and my various privileges and biases as an American.

Read about Christina's experience studying abroad