International Studies & Programs

Student Stories



Published: Monday, 27 Jun 2016
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

As they left they told us to keep our horizons open and cease opportunities. That is what studying abroad is really about: broadening horizons, going to places you might never have gone to, doing things you might never have done, and at last meeting people and creating friendships across cultures. The world is a big place and this program allowed me to explore it in a way that was culturally enriching and educationally stimulating.



Published: Monday, 27 Jun 2016
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

! I chose to go to China because I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone more than ever before. I wanted to gain perspective and learn about the amazing history and promising future of China.



Published: Monday, 27 Jun 2016
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

! First, the hands on, up close and personal experience gives you a totally different perspective of the industry than you would get by looking at pictures on a slide. Seeing so much of the industry in person really gives you a clearer view of it. For me, this program really solidified my previous view that I love the industry from a veterinary medicine standpoint, but other aspects of it are better for me to watch than participate in.



Published: Monday, 27 Jun 2016
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I felt like an actual scientist and did exactly what someone who is researching out on the Masai Mara, or any reserve, would do. It was an incredible experience to put my knowledge and experience to use and create an interesting research project and then also present my findings to others. I can't wait to apply everything I learned on my study abroad to my future career, and my life.



Published: Monday, 16 May 2016
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

There is no way to capture all that I have learned on this study abroad program, no way to measure the critical thinking skills and expansion of my view of the world and my place in it. I do know that I will be taking these skills with me beyond graduation and implementing them in both my professional and personal life.



Published: Friday, 13 May 2016
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

. To learn and develop foreign language skills in the culture from where it comes is such a singular opportunity and I loved every minute of it.



Published: Monday, 02 May 2016
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

What really set this study abroad apart from others and from studying on campus or just traveling in general was our participation with the local schools in San Ignacio. There I was able to shadow a social studies class at the local High School and view how the educational system and students were different.



Published: Monday, 02 May 2016
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

The most drastic change between American and Cuban facilities that I noticed while visiting the higher-acuity hospitals is the lack of privacy between among the patients. Wards I visited had as many as twenty beds per room! This concept was completely foreign to me, as I am a registered nurse and have been exposed to HIPAA for several years and see it as an integral part of healthcare.



Published: Thursday, 14 Apr 2016
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I worked in the creative East London, where people pursue the most creative fields and dreams. That atmosphere was so inspiring, and made everyday seem like I was living out a real dream. Art draped every corner of the city and that culture made me feel so well-rounded as a person. I was exposed to things I never had been before, and because of it, learned new things about my interest, thoughts' and personality.



Published: Wednesday, 13 Apr 2016
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I never considered study abroad before because I didn't think I was truly financially able to. I took a chance and it turned out to be the best decision of my life.

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