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JJ Reydel Explores Italian Study Abroad Programs

Posted by ksaltonstall on Aug 26, 2015 12:24:25 PM

By JJ Reydel, faculty, college counseling

College Counselor and History teacher JJ Reydel traveled to Italy this summer to learn about collegiate possibilities for Tabor students. Here are his thoughts on the experience:photo 1

Last February, I was invited by the University of New Haven to attend a Celtics game at TD Bank Garden as a way to meet their Admissions staff and become acquainted with some of their programs. At that time, I learned that UNH had recently opened a satellite campus in Prato, Italy, a medium-sized city twenty minutes outside of Florence. When I showed interest in the program, I was put on a list and eventually chosen along with ten other college counselors from around the country to travel to Prato for a week in July.

photoDuring my week in Italy, I was exposed to the various academic and social programs available for UNH students, including excursions to Florence, Pisa, Sienna, San Gimignano, Lucca, and the Tuscan countryside. Some counselors were even able to take side trips to Venice and Rome, which was not too difficult given the central location of Prato and an excellent high-speed rail system.

Without a doubt, the trip was outstanding and certainly revealed the extraordinary beauty and welcoming nature of the Italian culture and people. More importantly from my point of view, it opened my eyes to the numerous collegiate possibilities for Tabor students at colleges like my terrific host as well as other colleges with similar programs.

Grazie, University of New Haven!


Tabor faculty have been busy this summer, traveling and attending conferences, learning new teaching methods and fine tuning techniques. Here’s quick recap:

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