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Published: Friday, 12 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

In a time of global environmental crisis and economic instability in many countries, I wonder if there is a better way to measure development than by economic output, and a better way to develop than simply following the model of countries like the US. This is the question my education abroad experience posed.



Published: Friday, 12 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Exercise in Australia is much less structured, and better incorporated into everyday Iife. I saw children as young as 6 years old learning how to surf with their families, and men as old as 80 running on the beach.



Published: Friday, 12 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

This program brought me closer to people who I wouldn't necessarily have met otherwise, and I not only got to learn more about other cultures, but I got the chance to learn more about my peers right here in East Lansing.



Published: Friday, 12 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Not only did I get to see some of the coolest places, but I visited the biggest and best agencies out there, I have major connections, and I feel a thousand times more prepared for the "real ad world" now.



Published: Friday, 12 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

My time abroad consisted of so much more than sightseeing ancient ruins and eating spaghetti for dinner. From forging international relationships to communicating in a foreign environment, my experience abroad changed my perspectives on what it means to be a global citizen.



Published: Friday, 12 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

My experience abroad affected me on a personal level because I was required to step out of my comfort zone. I am not used to being away from my family and I can be uncomfortable speaking to strangers, however, I was welcomed by the locals and faced my fears of talking to strangers when I had to ask for directions or which train to get on.



Published: Friday, 12 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

In Paris I became so good at saying "Bonjour and Merci" that other locals would start a conversation in French only to be disappointed when I told them I knew no other words but was flattered by the thought that I could be Parisian.



Published: Friday, 28 Sep 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Because we didn't have the distraction of western life (cellphones, internet, television), we truly came to appreciate the nature around us. We found ourselves waking up at 5:00 am to walk along the river and catch the sunrise. A truly incredible experience as the bright orange glow illuminates the water and you see all the wildlife Nepal has to offer roaming about wildly (crocodiles, rhinos, elephants).



Published: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

The Greeks had been taught their history as if it was a class in school, and I'm not talking some boring history class where you just memorize names. I'm talking an intensive inclusive class where you recognize what happened in the past, how that now affects the present and will later impact the future.



Published: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

During my second month in France I was placed on a dairy farm for my internship. The internship portion of the program is optional, and students get to choose from a farm, vineyard, restaurant, or R&D research. Since my personal interest are in sustainable agriculture as it relates to food systems, I chose to work on a farm.

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