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Published: Friday, 30 Nov 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

One of the individuals I'm recording data on is the harem leader, whose spiraling horns are silhouetted against the sky, towering over the rest of this antelope's gracefully built body. Surely, these creatures are just as worthy of a National Geographic cover as a snarling big cat.



Published: Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

In a country smaller than the size of Michigan lies the tallest mountains on earth, to the rolling hills of red and green with steep cliffs around every turn and sunrises better than you've ever seen in your life, to the flat Terai regions in the south which makes you wonder if you haven't suddenly transported to another part of the globe. All this contains animals ranging from snow leopards to rhinos and elephants.



Published: Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I had the opportunity to become friends with some German college students, and we compared how we grew up. It was somewhat similar, except the German students had more freedom as children. It was very cool to speak to someone your age that has grown up in a very different place than you.



Published: Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

We ate dinner one night at a pub tucked into an alley off Fleet Street, rebuilt after the Great Fire of London. The stone steps are so worn, they've hollowed out and cozy tables are tucked into every alcove. It's not hard to picture some of the pub's famous regulars, like Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, enjoying a pint and some fish and chips there.



Published: Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

We got dinner, walked around the park, checked out local vendors, took pictures by the fountain, and enjoyed the beauty of Madrid. We were able to continue to practice our Spanish outside of the classroom environment, and this is something that is not possible in our environment back home.



Published: Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Studying in Europe only strengthened my dreams of being a reporter. I received great real life international reporting experience in my classes. As a reporter it's important to be aware of other cultures, religions and political beliefs. This is the only way a good reporter can create valid and unbiased stories for the general public.



Published: Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

It was fun spending so much time with these people, but they also taught me a lot about their languages and cultures that I wouldn't have known otherwise. Also, because everyone came from all over the globe, the common language between us was Spanish, so we communicated in Spanish a lot outside of class because their English wasn't the best and I didn't know how to speak in any of their first languages.



Published: Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

The location of these dorms was far from what might be considered downtown Madrid, taking us away from many of the tourists spending time in Madrid and putting us closer to what true Madrid might be like in terms of the people and their day to day lives. From the narrow side streets, smaller shops, cafes, and restaurants. With living in these outskirts of Madrid came many advantages, that initially felt like disadvantages.



Published: Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

My office where I conducted my physics research was shared with Scottish and Irish nationals, a Cypriot, a Russian, a Finn, and a Catalan. I am grateful for the opportunity to interact with this diverse group of cultures and was very happy to see how quickly and seamlessly our friendships developed. My research project itself was a multinational effort.



Published: Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

After my undergraduate and graduate educations, I aim to work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or a non-profit/non-governmental organization that works with refugee resettlement. Having this experience this summer is essential to furthering my education about and experience with refugees, and I am immensely grateful to the Office for Education Abroad, Michigan State University, and Professors Koufopoulo and Mullan for this experience.

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