McCartney becomes first UWP student to study in Rome

February 6, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE- UW-Platteville student Julie McCartney made history after becoming the first student from UWP to facilitate the study abroad program in Rome, Italy, at the American University of Rome after completing almost four months of study. Originally from Westfield, McCartney is currently a senior majoring in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

McCartney chose to study in Rome because she thought it would be a wonderful experience and to complete classes needed for her to graduate. These classes consisted of international business, news media and governments and electronic commerce.

Besides attending classes, McCartney took time to do some extensive traveling. She visited Germany (Munich), France (Nice, Aix en Provence and Mallemort), Austria, Spain (Barcelona, Valencia and Grenada), and other cities in Italy including Sicily, Florence and Venice.

McCartney's most memorable experience in Italy was when she went scuba diving off the coast of Sicily and drove up Mt. Etna, the last active volcano in Italy. It was erupting last October when she visited, but she was still able to collect a few pieces of hardened lava from the last eruption without being stuck by molten lava.

McCartney felt her study abroad experience was worthwhile and encourages studying abroad to other students.

"I would recommend living in another country to anyone, it should be a graduation requirement. It is a wonderful experience and eye-opening as well," McCartney said. "I met many American students that I still keep in touch with."

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