Alcorn returns from international experience in Europe

February 17, 2003

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Aaron Alcorn toured a number of countries in Europe including Italy. Here, Alcorn is enjoying the view from one of the many bridges in Venice.

PLATTEVILLE- UW-Platteville senior Aaron Alcorn recently returned from a three- month excursion studying in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Alcorn is a senior majoring in software engineering with graduation expected in May. While staying in France, he attended the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence. There he attended classes in French, history, philosophy and art. The annual enrollment overall is more than 400 at AIU.

"I would recommend traveling abroad to other students. I had a great time, I got to see the world and I learned a lot about myself," said Alcorn.

By going by himself, Alcorn was forced to branch out on his own and meet new people. Alcorn was accommodated in a French home with one other person, his house-mom.

Language was not a barrier as Alcorn took four years of French in high school and courses in French at UWP as well. Most of the students at AIU spoke English.

The trip allowed Alcorn to visit Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands while he was in Europe. Some of his favorite memories of his trip are skiing and snowboarding in the Alps, riding on a gondola in Venice, visiting the Vatican in Rome and picking fresh rosemary, thyme and figs in the mountains with his house-mom.

By traveling to Europe, Alcorn feels that he is better able to relate to people, has an understanding of the European mindset and has learned a great deal about himself.

"This experience has changed my life," said Alcorn.

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