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Published: Monday, 23 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I have always loved cooking and baking for others, but hearing the story of how one Tuscan man could take his dream of baking and turn himself into a legendary baker with a three-generational business, I fell in love with baking once again. I have always hoped to open a restaurant and after visiting the small family-run establishment in Florence, I feel affirmed in my dream career.



Published: Monday, 23 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

The love that this country has for one another is something that I wish I grew up around. What if we had to depend on each other more than what we had? How much would our attitudes change towards life? Towards one another? This program was more than just a trip to me. It was a life changing experience where I was able to understand life better than I was able to in the past.



Published: Monday, 23 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Working/learning around so many horses, I realized that I could see myself as a possible large animal veterinarian who specializes in horses.



Published: Monday, 23 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

It does not matter where you come from or who you hang out with to be on this program. Any student who has an interest in the equine industry or studying abroad will have an amazing journey.



Published: Monday, 23 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Let us start with my personal favorite, the food. Thanks to our program's organizers we were privileged to try some of the very best food South Korea has to offer.



Published: Monday, 23 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

With pursuing a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Business, and intending to becoming a cruise director, which entitles travelling the world. Not only did this opportunity get my first step in the door to travel amongst many beautiful countries, but opened my eyes up to the culture and lifestyles of others throughout the world.



Published: Monday, 23 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

. It didn't take me long to notice electric wires enclosed many villages and agriculture fields throughout the country. After talking with locals, asking them the reason for all the electric wires, I learned the wires were to protect villagers and crops from elephants. Elephants are abundant in Sri Lanka, but as forests are cut down their habitat is shrunk. They are forced to come into locals' space, and here they endanger not only crops but also human lives.



Published: Monday, 23 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

The Nepalese were so incredibly kind and generous, and I never once felt unwelcome. They were so willing to explain their various cultural practices, such as that they eat water buffalo instead of cow meat because cows are holy animals to Hindus, which is the major religion in Nepal, and seemed so happy to share their country with us.



Published: Monday, 23 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

There is one instance where an entire road was diverted to avoid destroying a tree believed to be home to a fairy. Knowing the legends of the places we visited made it even more fun to visit them.



Published: Monday, 23 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

During my time in Africa, we went on daily game drives twice a day in order to develop critical observational techniques. We were able to analyze animal's natural behavior in an untamed environment.

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