Alumni Spotlight: Annie Robitaille


Annie studies Creative Advertising and is always thinking about why things the way they are. Detail is important, and being observant is important, and what's a better way to learn things than traveling?

Why did you choose this program?

I chose CISabroad because of the benefits that they offered, such as someone picking me up from the airport, an excursion, and having a site director on base to always help me with whatever I needed.

I also realized I wanted to go to Edinburgh, and CISabroad had a good university offered that gave courses towards my major.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program provider assisted a lot, as I said above someone picked me up from the airport. Our site director, Jeanna Brady, helped me go to the doctor's when I was sick, and she gave us a grand tour around the city.

They gave us an orientation before we left about what to pack and what to expect in Scotland, so I felt well prepared.

What advice would you give to someone going on your program?

Don't stress on what to bring. Say "yes." Don't be afraid to try new things.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

A lot of exploring Edinburgh, and talking with international students, as well as going to pubs and going to campus.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Honestly, I did not really have any fears. The only thing I was worried about was if I was going to be able to travel around Europe as much as I wanted, which I was able to. Just use your money wisely and focus on the more important things to spend it on.