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Igniting passion through (global) experience

“I have been studying Italian for a number of years. One thing that I always felt that I lacked was a true confidence while speaking,” said Max Karen ’18. “It didn’t come together until I went to Italy.”

From a young age, Karen was attracted to Italy and had the opportunity to visit family there. “Italy and its culture has been a big part of my life, and my upbringing,” he said. “I had always wanted to spend an extended period of time there.” Though, as a student-athlete, Karen feared that he would be unable to study globally, what with his rigorous practice and game schedule. He was excited when he discovered that his coach not only supported—but advocated for—the experience. “Coach encourages his athletes to go abroad.” If you want to study globally, Karen quickly learned, Gettysburg makes it happen.

Through the Center for Global Education, Karen studied globally in Ferrara, Italy, and lived in a homestay for four months. Upon arrival, Karen found his program to be intimidating because there were only 21 students. “It turned out to be a blessing. It forced us to branch out and become friends with other international students in the college, as well as local Italians.”

Read more about his experience.