Allie Fraley, Seattle, WA, USA
During my junior year at SPU, I consumed a lot of gelato, spent four nights in a castle, and came face-to-face with the Mona Lisa. Yes, I was enrolled in school, but instead of my usual agenda of going from class to class, I found myself taking the train from Vienna to Berlin, dining in Italian trattorias, and gaining lifelong friendships through studying abroad in Europe. As an English major, I absorbed all of the sights and sounds in each new location we journeyed to; I wrote in my journal every day, intent on expressing the appeal of both travel and discovery. Studying abroad during my undergraduate years gave me the chance to get out of my comfort zone and explore the beautiful world that God has to offer. It was one of my favorite things about my SPU experience.
— Allie Fraley '08, writer