International Studies & Programs

Student Stories



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

Not only did I achieve my childhood dream of observing howler monkeys, red-eyed tree frogs, three-toed sloths, and many more animals in their natural habitat, I also developed practical skills to prepare me for my future career in environmental science.



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

While U.S companies focus on brand recognition and ritualistic designs, European packaging is focuses more on private labeling and assessing the next innovative idea. Seeing these ideas and designs instilled a priority in my mind to think outside the norm of things, and retrieve an ingenious idea that will collaborate with a product while giving the consumer an enjoyable experience.



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

. I ended up meeting a wonderful group of people from all over the world. We were able to laugh and have fun, yet still have serious conversations about our classes and the wider issues that face our increasingly global society. We were able to explore the historic city of Cambridge on a deeper level as students rather than tourists. We became closer than I ever would have thought possible over the course of a month.



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

As President of the Black Student Alliance & a member of MSU's Homecoming Court, I plan to use these platforms to create more dialogue on Spartans practicing being inclusive. Had I never been stuck with these individuals for three weeks, I would have never known the need for these spaces on our campus. I have much more to say about this experience, but to sum it up, I endured and because of this program, I am a better Spartan and will be able to make a greater impact at MSU.



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

Though my time in Harbin was short, but it was enough to begin to immerse myself into the community, and to gain the confidence to use Chinese to speak with people, and to figure out ways to get what I needed.



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

There has not been much coverage and media in the United States about the influx of refugees to the island that most of us were not even aware that this situation existed. At first, we did not know how to react but we were encouraged to realize that these people were just like us and that all they wanted was a better life.



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

This program is definitely a one in a life time experience and the people I've met during the duration of the program is unforgettable. The things I learned in class or at the medical facilities is something I can never learn by book, but only in Japan. I wouldn't have changed it for anything else.



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

I knew that studying abroad would be a life changing experience, but I did not expect to learn so much about myself as an individual contributing to society. I've learned the importance of sustainability and my role in creating a more sustainable living environment for myself, those around me and for future generations.



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

Despite this program only lasting ten days, I learned a lot of marketing from these little projects and at the same time experiencing the culture. I was able to see Big Ben, rather, hear it because I learned that "Big Ben" is actually the bells and the tower is called Elizabeth Tower. Walking through shopping centers I could smell all the different restaurants: pasta, Indian food, tacos, fish, and more!



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

A few of my favorite memories include watching my padre yell at the TV while we watched a soccer game, looking through family photo albums with my madre, and meeting a few of the grandchildren of my host family. These and many more events made my experience in Santander so special.

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