NUin Theatre students return from their time abroad more intellectually curious, ambitious, reflective, and independent. Here’s what Elise Piliponis had to say about her NUin experience:
“I was an NUin student, and we have many others in the theatre department. I had an amazing time even though it was something I hadn’t originally imagined for myself. Here are two questions that are often asked about the program:
Was it difficult or exciting to study internationally?
It was definitely a combination of both. Moving to a new place is always difficult, and moving out of the country posed its own unique challenges. However, I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world, as it was genuinely the most exciting way I could think to spend my first semester away from home. I learned so much about myself, gaining skills and confidence as I learned more and more how to live on my own in an unfamiliar place among people who became some of my best friends. It’s definitely a challenge, but one that is immensely satisfying to surmount alongside people who are with you 100% of the way. The program leaders and other students alike were always willing to help me along when I was struggling, and the sense of community was strong among these strangers who I now feel such a strong connection to. So, difficult or exciting? Both, in the best way.
Was it hard to arrive on campus in January?
Arriving on campus was a completely new challenge, especially for a student not from Boston or the surrounding area. However, I was able to gain my footing through attending theatre department and club events like department shows, club shows, and Fortnight (Silver Masque). It’s definitely a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere once you have the courage to put yourself out there and introduce yourself to new people. The faculty and students of the theatre department welcome NUin students with open arms and are always excited to work with new people, especially new Theatre majors. Another thing that made the transition to the Boston campus more engaging was the fact that I was alongside the other NUin Theatre majors who had been abroad at different global sites; we formed a strong connection as the NUin Theatre kids, sharing our stories of the theatre we saw abroad and all the crazy stories of international study, and our bond as a group greatly helped my transition to campus.
My experience abroad with NUin greatly changed my perspective and strengthened my confidence, especially in social and personal relationships. I made some of my most lasting relationships with those in the NUin program as we navigated the transition to Northeastern’s main campus together, which, although difficult, challenged me to grow in ways I might not have had I come in first semester. I am grateful for the lessons NUin taught me in building strong relationships and making my voice heard.”
Time spent traveling the world can be thrilling, but it’s not right for everyone. Before making your decision, remember to gather the information you need by visiting our campus, speaking with some NUin Theatre alums or faculty and evaluating your own feelings about studying abroad. To learn more about NUin, visit: www.northeastern.edu/nuin/