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Portrait of Global Perspectives

Chris Broski’s perspective on life has changed since studying abroad in Scotland.

Broski ’11 — a mathematics major — was given the opportunity to fulfill his life-long dream of studying abroad in Europe — with the help of the UC Davis Education Abroad Center’s Summer Abroad Travel Award.

“It has been an indispensable part of my college experience,” Broski said of the month-long study abroad experience in Edinburgh, Scotland. “It truly has been the highlight.”

The program is one of more than 200 study abroad programs administered by the UC Davis Education Abroad Center throughout the year. While his career ambition is to be a high school math teacher, Broski said he was drawn to the program because of a chance to study Scottish literature with an emphasis on mystical legends.

“We climbed Arthur’s Seat and visited the Glasgow Necropolis, places that James Hogg and Alasdair Gray depicted in the literature we were reading,” Broski said. “These day trips allowed me to relate the novels we read in class to the world outside of the classroom.”

And while the classroom instruction was wonderful, he said it was the experiences he enjoyed living in a foreign land that were the most memorable and educational for him.

“I really enjoyed meeting people of all different cultures that I encountered during my travels,” Broski said. “I think being exposed to the different Scottish perspective on life was really big for me. It has deepened the respect and love I have for people culturally different from myself.”