Senior student worker Beth Zapetis spent six months abroad in Pécs, Hungary, studying literature and Hungarian language.
Beth is currently a student worker at the Circulation desk, the Reference desk, and Media Resources, and has previously worked at the Center for International Education. Working at the CIE opened Beth to a world of new cultures, but she got to experience some first hand in Hungary.
While in Hungary, Beth not only studied and traveled around Eastern Europe, but also presented in the America Week conference at Pannon University in Veszprém, Hungary. Her presentation was on the Puritan publications of women in the 17th Century. The conference focused on the cultures of Hungary and America, and often how they related to one another. Beth was deeply moved by the welcoming nature of her host family at the conference and all the friends she made while abroad.
After graduating, Beth plans to either enter graduate school for a MA in English and TESOL, or explore the culinary arts. She plans on returning to Hungary soon and is looking forward to seeing the rest of the world. She would like to especially thank her family and co-workers for helping cope with homesickness, and to her big sister for traveling all over Eastern Europe with her.