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Published: Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Michigan State University has been awarded the 2018 Best Practices in International Education Award in the Study Abroad Programming category. The award, sponsored by NASPA's International Education Knowledge Community, is given to programs that facilitate mutual understanding and student/staff participation via institutional-sponsored travel initiatives.



Published: Monday, 05 Feb 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Being able to study and explore ecological and sustainability engineering topics helped broaden my view on what I could do in my career as an engineer. I had the opportunity to firsthand see wind farms, dam systems, observe and discuss farming methods, and explore waste reduction issues.



Published: Monday, 05 Feb 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Fortunately, my classes in Rome were far from traditional which made them more engaging and easier to succeed in. As much as I love my daily stroll past Wells Hall here in East Lansing, nothing beats going inside the Sistine Chapel or seeing the Trevi Fountain during a Tuesday class.



Published: Monday, 05 Feb 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

. I wanted to gain more of a global perspective that I couldn't get in a classroom at Michigan State, so I chose to go to Greece and study subjects like philosophy, mythology, world religion, and history. It was incredible to be able to learn these subjects in their birthplace.



Published: Monday, 05 Feb 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

It wasn't until I returned and was telling people about my experiences that I realized that a career working on global accounts is in fact possible for me. While I learned about important social marketing skills, what I really took with me was that I have the ability to do great things, the things I thought were out of my skillset.



Published: Monday, 05 Feb 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

It's one thing to read about and consciously know that other cultures do things differently than we do, but it's something else entirely to experience it firsthand.



Published: Monday, 05 Feb 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I had the opportunity to conduct research at KI, a world-renowned research university that houses the Nobel Committee that awards the prize for physiology. By gaining practical experience in such a collaborative and positive environment, I have been able to reaffirm my own commitment to science and current career trajectory, which entails PhD studies following completion of my degree in biochemistry.



Published: Monday, 05 Feb 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Over winter break, I attended the Marketing and Business in London Study Abroad. I had such an amazing experience, I don't think there are enough words to even begin to describe it. I went into this program not knowing anyone, and I came out with many friendships I think that will truly last a lifetime.



Published: Monday, 05 Feb 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Unlike in the U.S., where patients are expected to overcome all of the barriers to health on their own to make it to the healthcare providers' office, in Cuba healthcare providers go to them, allowing them to literally and figuratively meet the patient where they are at.



Published: Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I was not expecting much in terms of a whole different culture, given that the United States and Britain are two prominent western nations, and ultimately I was shocked at the different ways of life I witnessed throughout the island.

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