Name: Molly Schulting
Hometown: Lake Geneva, WI
Varsity sport participated in: Volleyball
Study abroad semester and location: Copenhagen, Denmark Spring 2013
What was your favorite part about studying abroad?
Although I loved Denmark and felt it was my “home away from home,” one of my favorite parts about studying abroad was visiting nine other countries in Europe. This was an amazing opportunity that allowed me to experience many different cultures and lifestyles all while only having to travel short distances to do so.
What did you bring home as a souvenir?
Coming back to the states, I actually ended up filling my only carryon bag completely full of souvenirs, the majority of this being chocolate. I loved the chocolate in Denmark! In my opinion, it was at least a hundred times better than a Hershey’s bar.
How were you able to get involved with your host culture while abroad?
I lived at a højskole in Denmark, which is a school where Danish students go for a “gap” year (right after high school and before they attend a university). Getting the opportunity to live with Danish students for a whole semester allowed me to truly experience and observe how young Danes live. It also gave me the chance to build relationships with the Danes and to make lasting friendships.
To give a better idea of my where I lived, here is a video of the højskole made by another DIS student: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-K7L1siCgU
Has the time you spent abroad changed the way you think about your athletic experience or your sport in general?
After studying abroad in Denmark, I have gained perspective in all parts of my life. Athletically, I have become more aware that volleyball may not be part of my life forever. If anything, studying abroad helped me to appreciate the opportunity I have to play collegiate athletics and the friendships I have built in the process.
Did being an athlete provide you with any advantages while you were abroad? If yes, what were they?
I feel that the experience of being an athlete provided me with the skills to be more open to new opportunities and to rise to the challenge of any uncomfortable experiences I encountered.
Some words of advice for other athletes who want to study abroad:
Studying abroad was the best four months of my life! I would definitely recommend every student athlete to plan ahead and find a time to study abroad. The opportunity to travel abroad is truly a life changing experience, so don’t pass it up! Use all the resources that Beloit has to offer.