By Caitlin Soard
Katie Burpo, lecturer of English, first went abroad for an extended period of time when she was a sophomore at DePauw University.
The trip to Rome and Paris inspired Burpo to change her major to art history, as well as aspire to reach a new life goal.
“I decided on that trip that it would be my dream to someday become a professor and take students abroad so that I could be a part of that experience which is so transformative and amazing,” Burpo said.
Burpo said the trip was beneficial to her because professors let students make their own way on the trip.
“It was a great experience because they expected us to take care of ourselves to an extent, so we wandered the city and ate all the food and saw the sights,” Burpo said.
Her trip as a sophomore was not the only one she took during her college career. She also went for a January term because the first trip she took empowered her to spend a month in Spain, Italy and France with her then boyfriend, now husband. Burpo said she got engaged on that trip.
She went for a third time during grad school to study with one of her favorite writers in Prague.
Burpo was asked last minute to go on the Winter Term trip to France this January.
“I love travel, and it’s so expensive and finding the time and the opportunity and the resources to go abroad is so difficult sometimes, so when I was given the opportunity I had to think of it for all of about two seconds,” Burpo said.
Burpo said she thinks the Winter Term length is perfect for students.
“I think an experience like winter term is ideal because the students are given the freedom and are expected to take care of themselves and take responsibility for the experience, but they’re also guided by the professors,” Burpo said. “So it’s kind of the best of both worlds.”