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Michael Wells
Anthropology major
Studied abroad at Yeditepe University, Turkey
“While studying abroad is both fun and looks good on a resume, those reasons don’t come close to justifying why students should study abroad, nor do they describe what it actually feels like to have a study abroad experience. Studying abroad is one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have! You will learn more about yourself than you ever imagined possible. You will laugh, cry, sing, dance, play, and get tested in ways you never could have, had you not left the borders of the United States. My advice to students who are considering studying abroad is to simply do it. It will be the most fundamentally transformative experience you will ever have.”

Rachael Mauney
Dance Major
Studied Abroad at Edith Cowan
University, Australia
“Professionally, studying abroad gave me a greater understanding that there is a large and quickly developing dance world outside the US. I think it was really important for me to recognize how this industry can shift from culture to culture. Personally, it also challenged the way I think about art and my approach to making art. My best advice to dance students who are considering studying abroad is to find a program that really suits who you are, but also challenges where you'd like to be.”


Kelsey Griffith
Nutrition Major
Studied Abroad at Universidad Catolica del Uruguay
“Studying abroad in Uruguay, I had the opportunity to make friends with people from all over the world who studied a wide range of different subjects. It challenged me to open my eyes and to get on the Internet in the mornings to read about what was going on in the world. In essence, this study abroad experience opened my mind to a whole new realm of education. I also had the opportunity to take a Community Service class, in which I helped implemented an after-school program. A part of this program was focused specifically on Nutrition. Studying abroad is an experience that you absolutely cannot receive confined to the borders of the United States.”

Jessie Hill
Human development and Family Studies Major
Studied abroad at the University of
Oulu, Finland
“Studying abroad in Finland was an experience I will never forget! It has allowed me to discover different parts of the world that I may have never seen, and it has opened my eyes to a world different from the United States. I have learned what I am capable of as an individual, and I now have a clearer picture of who I am, who I want to be, and which direction I want my life to go in. I left Finland with many international friends. You never know what can happen when you go abroad, so my advice is to apply now and start dreaming about the time of your life!”

Shawn Mendez
Psychology and Spanish Major
Studied abroad at Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay
“Studying abroad allowed me to immerse myself in a different culture and truly experience it. It also allowed me to push my own boundaries and challenge myself.
Knowing I could live comfortably for a year in Uruguay, I am more willing to take risks and more open to consider professional opportunities in international contexts. My advice to students who are considering studying abroad is do it! Just do it. Even if it’s scary at first, it is so rewarding and it challenges you to overcome struggles and to
realize you can do it.”


Terrance Johnson
Theater Major
Studied Abroad at The University of Hull, England
“The way I view it, once you stop growing, you’re dead. Allowing your perspective to be broadened, and exposing yourself to environments and cultures that are outside of your norm, can only serve to deepen your growth as an artist.”



Kasey Marshall
Environmental Studies Major
Studied abroad at James Cook University, 
“Studying abroad has given me a new perspective on life. Having been exposed to a new culture and new interesting people from all over the world, I am much more open-minded and independent. As an Environmental Studies major, I feel like it was extremely beneficial to see environmental issues from a different country's perspective. For my specific interests in marine conservation, having hands-on experiences and courses based on the reef in Australia was a one-of-a-kind experience. My advice to ENV students considering studying abroad is to do it! Why not? This is the time.”

Carolina Ruiz
Public Health Major
Studied abroad at
Jean Moulin - Lyon 3 University, France
“For me, studying abroad in Lyon, France was the best experience I have ever had. I got to meet so many wonderful people and go to the most amazing places. Living in France really helped me look at life the way the French do. For the French, life is all about living. All you need is good food, good wine, and good friends. They don't understand why Americans spend so much time working instead of really enjoying life. As someone who is majoring in Public Health, the French lifestyle is proof to me that health is a lot more about how you feel than what you eat or do. It's impossible to not fall in love with the French and with Lyon.”

Andrea Navas
Hospitality and Tourism Management Major
Studied abroad at Heilbronn University, Germany
“I think that studying abroad as a tourism and hospitality major gave me the strength I needed to understand different cultures and societies and how to interact with them. As future tourism professionals it is vital to know how to deal with other cultures and people with different perspectives than our own. Studying about the world from books is great, but it is something completely different when you actually have the opportunity to experience cultures and different countries on your own and not through someone else's words. There are no limits to what you can do with your life— if you think that studying abroad is something that you only hear your friends talking about, think again—that person telling all those great stories could be you!”

Rebekah Bray
Music Major
Studied abroad at the University of
Mannheim, Germany
"Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to experience music from an entirely different perspective. I was able to witness Western classical music at its origin; this helped me develop an understanding of the cultural context of the music I perform every day. The experience was incredible and invaluable to me as a working musician!"

































































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