Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Students Study Abroad


Zoe Karanfilian at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Psychology Senior Reminisces About Italy

By Ryann Cerrina


Ryann Cerrina in Florence, Italy.

Studying abroad in Florence, Italy, was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not only did I get to see so much of the world, but I also got to meet people from many different backgrounds.

Being abroad taught me about my life — who I am and who I desire to be. One of the biggest things I learned was that I am capable, and no matter what happens, I am confident and strong enough to get through it. There were definitely some hard patches throughout my time abroad, but no matter how bad or difficult, I always came out on the other side.

These experiences and this realization have helped me as a Cal Poly student. College does not come without its difficulties and trying times, and my experiences abroad, both good and bad, have shown me that I can push through, and that I am strong enough to get through anything.

I am beyond grateful for the adventures, friendships and countless life lessons that I gained from my study abroad experience!

Child Development Major Visits Thailand and Ireland

By Zoe Karanfilian


Zoe Karanfilian in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Studying abroad is one of the best things I have ever done. Over the summer I went to Thailand and learned how to assimilate to a culture very different from my own and to do something outside of my comfort zone almost every day, such as petting tigers.

In Ireland, I was never let down by the kindness of the people. And I had an amazing time playing rugby on the school team. Through these experiences, I have learned more about myself and the world around me. Furthermore, I hold a new appreciation for a lot of things that make Cal Poly so special, such as the smaller class sizes, the passionate teachers, and the strong sense of community that exists among the students. While living abroad wasn’t always easy, it was worth it, and I would recommend it to everyone!

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