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Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

The seminar was my first time being out of the country for two weeks, and it was a little scary to be away from my family, but the friends I made on this program became another family. It was incredible to be able to come to Michigan State and already have friends that you shared a life changing journey with; not many other people have that opportunity.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

This program has allowed me to obtain a European focus, which will guide me towards possible career goals within the various embassies throughout Europe, the UNHCR, NATO, or one of the many factions within the EU.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

As a human resource professional, I was able to see Human Resource Practices in a country other than my own.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

As a hopeful future educator in both history and German, I genuinely feel that my year abroad will go a long way towards making me a better teacher. The practical and cultural lessons I have learned will be a tremendous asset when I have a classroom of my own.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

One important life lesson that I have brought back with me is that people are the same no matter where you come from and a language barrier does not have to limit you. I have met so many interesting people on my program that were eager to learn from me and vice versa. Communicating with people of different backgrounds and cultures from our own is what we need to advance mankind.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I was provided with such special care from the school that I was studying in with so many exciting memories. I was allowed the freedom to communicate with the native Chinese speakers in Chinese any time I wanted. I was able to participate in various culture learning experiences from learning to play mahjong to taichi. I was introduced to a lovely Chinese family with whom I spent two weekends together.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I expected London to be like I'd seen in the movies – the constant chattering of those with British accents, teahouses on every corner, and the pervasive smell of fish and chips. While these things were present, of course, I was pleasantly discovered to see just how multicultural the city truly was.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

The irreplaceable understanding gained by conducting my own research study through a community-based perspective, had been perhaps the most impactful part of studying abroad in the Andean Mountains. When analyzing or constructing policy, it is of utmost importance to consider cultural differences in ideology and values.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Education abroad was not only a fantastic academic opportunity, it also functions as an excellent way to get to know more about people and how to cohabitate and gain patience and understanding of other people. It fosters a lot of empathy, you are able to more easily understand the circumstances of people's lives and explore different food, landscapes, and interests.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I got to explore new places with my friends and favorite professor, I furthered my research and learned so much, and best of all, I got to experience more of the world for the first time.

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