Study abroad participants share perspectives

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By Naz Brown-Almaweri

My second time being at the study abroad fair, I was excited to hear stories from both internationals and students who have returned from their amazing journeys.

I was able to hear many stories from most of the programs. Tabling for the Fiji mini term, Georgina Teasdale ’15 shared that she loved being immersed in the Fijian language and culture. She was happy to share the time with her fellow Gamma Phi Beta sisters, as well.

Next, I spoke with French language assistant Camille Guihard about the term abroad in Rennes, France. When asked what she likes most about her city, Camille seemed nostalgic about the ease going around by bike or foot to either meet up with friends or spend time at the beach. The city reminds her of the first years of university.

At another table, I approached Eco

nomics Professor Douglas Klein and a few of his mini-term students. Jonathan Martin ’16 shared his experience in New Zealand as being a great application of the lessons learned in mechanical engineering courses, such as thermodynamics. Annie Kundert ’16 spoke on the memorable hiking trips and, at one point, stopped to show me a picture of a massive herd of sheep.

Later, mechanical engineers Joshua Fields ’15, Stephan Grant ’15 and Matt Wenner ’15 shared  memories of their full term abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Josh loved being able take advantage of Prague’s central location to explore other countries and cultures.

Stephan and Matt were happy to provide their friends with a real perspective of Americans, which, fortunately, replaced many of their friends’ views of us as fat, lazy and a bunch of other embarrassing adjectives.

This was a pleasant surprise, because they made a positive change without that intention. They all strongly recommended Prague for engineers.

Quisqueya Witbeck ’16 went on the summer National Health Systems program, which studies health care systems in the U.S., Canada, London and Amsterdam.

One thing that resonated with her was the conversation over a patient’s right to die; it later become the topic of her research paper due to her strong interest. Quisqueya  recommends this program for everyone, even if you’re not on a pre-med track.

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