A Parent Perspective
I just wanted to give a short testimony ***as a mother*** on my daughter’s college study abroad program, in her senior year of college.
Our family comes from a small town in Iowa. I will have to admit the idea of my daughter going to Florence, Italy all by herself to live, and participate in a college curriculum was pretty scary for me. My daughter, Stephanie, is a very grown up, and sensible young lady. My only fears for her safety were from the unknown circumstances she would encounter in a foreign country.
The distance, and lack of immediate access getting to our “almost grown” children should something happen; is the most frightening part of this experience!
LDM’s program does lend a tremendous amount of security to a student wanting to have this great cultural experience. We had several choices for living arrangements, so you can pick what makes you and your student feel more comfortable. I was very worried about communicating with her; however we were offered different options for the students to acquire international calls, which of course we did. Just knowing she could call us in case of an emergency was a great comfort in itself. Skype was also great; we could visit with her while seeing first hand she was still physically fine!! The school will organize several trips for weekend excursions that are supervised and very safe. Students can choose to go separately or with friends. The school is very helpful and I felt my daughter learned so much about foreign cultures. Stephanie has made some great, lifelong friends while in Italy. They share a bond that is only between them all having had the same experiences of a lifetime together.
My daughter is now a world traveler! She can navigate the metro train systems in several counties, get safely from foreign airport connections, transfer from bus to train, and back to plane yet again... I was fortunate enough to witness this myself as she took me for a tour of Florence and guided me to Barcelona, Spain when I came to visit on her very last week there.
I would recommend this experience to anyone that has a college student with an unquenchable thirst to experience the world’s cultures. Your college student will come home so much wiser, and these experiences make great impressions on future employers!
With all said and done. I am sincerely glad that Stephanie did follow her dream and study abroad…
Connie, A Grand View Parent