Undergraduate Student Research Spotlight

Aldo Martinez is a senior who majors in Religious Studies. He has recently taken his learning abroad through various UCR programs, spending time in Europe and Asia.

The opportunity to travel to Rome in the summer as a Religious Studies major was truly an unforgettable experience. By studying abroad in Rome I not only travelled and learned but I also got to experience first-hand what it was that I was learning. It’s a whole different thing when you are actually in the city you are studying! It gives you a whole different perspective. It’s not the same thing studying Christianity, or any other religion, from a book compared to being present in the Vatican. The experience is incomparable. I think studying abroad should be a must for every Religious Studies major because of the fact that it exposes you to other cultures, places and people and it literally makes the world your classroom!