Last Fall, while most of us were heading to our first classes of the USF semester, Mandy Torsey (OTL ’09) was heading to classes in the Czech Republic. Mandy participated in The Study Abroad Program last fall and has shared her experience with us.
At first, I was attracted to a leadership program at my university in Prague because it would complement my Leadership Studies minor. With more research I came to learn that Prague, which is the capitol city of the Czech Republic, is a gorgeous city highly influenced by art and music. It really was a treat to see the Czech Republic as a resident rather than a tourist!
What did you miss most about the USA?
I missed my family and close friends. Moving to another country where I knew no one was a worthwhile experience but all of my relationships were new. I met some great people in Prague though and learned how to put myself out there again!
What will you miss most about Prague?
I miss the lifestyle. Prague is a big, very beautiful city! Everyone walks or takes the trams and metro. Its always a scenic route to get to your destination! I appreciated the cultural importance on travel and leisure time.
Is there anything you would like to tell us about your experience?
It was a lot of preliminary work to prepare to live abroad but that should not deter anyone! I think every day how much the work was worth the experience. I cannot wait to go back!