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

We were encouraged by our professors to step outside of our comfort zone and truly experience the Aussie culture. To me this meant trying kangaroo and crocodile on my pizza, scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, catching a local Australian Football League game, going canyoning in the Crystal Cascades and even skydiving in Cairns to discover a unique view of this place I now call home away from home.



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

I realized that on a global scale, more needs to be done to help students whose home life causes them to fall behind their peers. But what was most empowering was hearing the way Dutch teachers advocate for their students. Instead of belittling them to a test score, they have the power to push students towards their full capacity by speaking to a student's passion and persistence.



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

Nature in Ireland and Northern Ireland is just as beautiful as the tales told there. I could hike for days and still have my breath stolen every time I turn my head. Greenery covers the landscape dotted with remnants of castles alongside those that are still standing.



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

Having the opportunity to view the natural beauty of Australia had to offer such as the Great Ocean Road and the Great Barrier Reef was unlike anything else. My personal favorite experience on the program was spending a weekend in the Daintree rainforest, away from cell towers and populated cities.



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

. I myself have only gone horseback riding a number of times in my life, so for me the experience was unforgettable. I feel in love with my horse before we even began the ride. He was a beautiful Gypsy Vanner with a little blue eye named Diesel. This ride was by far the peak of my experience.



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

So many of my pre-conceived notions of the Arab world have been permanently changed, and I know for a fact that the only way to understand this feeling is to completely immerse yourself into another culture.



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

Hearing people speak different languages all around me, smelling the foods on the street, sitting outside cafes drinking espresso, and taking a stroll through a breathtaking parks have all made me realize that just existing in a space that seems foreign to you is so exciting and beautiful. This alone is reason enough to hop on a plane and see everything this crazy world has to offer.



Published: Thursday, 19 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

In almost every place we visited it was evident that the physician is part of the community and had great skills and a better emphasis on what they could hear with their stethoscopes and what they could feel with their hands as opposed to what the medical test told them.



Published: Thursday, 19 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

During the third week of my elective, I had the opportunity to spend a day working at the HIV clinic at the hospital, which they call the Comprehensive Care Center (CCC). In 2013, a group of physicians worked together to obtain funding in order to address the high prevalence of HIV in the region, and this center houses everything from a nutritionist to a pharmacy so that HIV positive patients can get the care they need.



Published: Thursday, 19 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I truly enjoyed hearing the stories of other students that participated in different sites and just witnessing their enthusiasm and their concern of them feeling like they didn't do enough was rewarding because we all tried our best. We all wished we could have stayed longer and made more of an impact to our site.

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