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Meet the Fall 2018 Study Abroad Ambassadors!
Name: Hannah Hall
Major: Political Science
Minors: Spanish, International Studies
Study Abroad Programs: ISEP Universidad Católica del Uruguay
Why I decided to study abroad: As a foreign language student, one of my main reasons for going abroad was to immerse myself in Spanish. I was also very excited to experience a new culture and to see more of South America!
The highlights of my study abroad trip: I have been lucky enough to make friends from around the world and travel around Uruguay and other parts of South America with them. South America has an incredible array of natural beauty and getting to experience some it was truly indescribable.
Best piece of advice that I received while I was abroad or that I have for people going abroad: While easier said than done, being able to go with the flow and sometimes accept a lack of control is very important while living and studying abroad. There will be things that don’t go as planned, but those times can be some of the best and are great opportunities to practice letting go!
My biggest concern before going abroad and advice for prospective study abroad students who may have the same concern: My biggest concern before going abroad was taking classes in a foreign language. While at la Universidad Católica del Uruguay, I took some classes with other international students and some classes with all Uruguayan students. While I could have chosen to take only classes geared toward Spanish language learners, enrolling in regular classes allowed me to be more integrated and was very rewarding! People are very understanding and I always had classmates willing to help me when I didn’t understand.
Name: Trevor Hatfield
Major(s)/Minor(s): Music Composition and Philosophy/Religion
Minors: Italian Studies and Film Studies
Study Abroad Programs: Cantoria in Ireland (Faculty-led Program)/CCIS Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy
Why I decided to study abroad: Going abroad was a chance for me to gain a bigger picture of the world, develop my language skills, experience things I’ve read about in textbooks for real, and to be filled with inspiration!
The highlights of my study abroad trip: Traveling to 10+ countries
My favorite quote from abroad: “To change the world you have to know the world”
Best piece of advice that I received while I was abroad or that I have for people going abroad: Be independent. Feel free and find yourself.
My biggest concern before going abroad and advice for prospective study abroad students who may have the same concern: My biggest concern going abroad was money. My advice is that now is the time to invest in yourself and Truman offers incredible monetary solutions. A little bit of planning ahead and finances won’t be a problem.
Post-graduate plans: Pursuing a career in Film Music Composition
Name: Rebecca Roberson (Becky)
Major(s)/Minor(s): French and International Business/French In Translation
Study Abroad Programs: ESSCA, Angers, France
Why I decided to study abroad: I’ve been planning to study abroad since I was in high school. I love French!
The highlights of my study abroad trip: Way too many to decide!
My favorite quote from abroad: C’est la vie, c’est la vie — that’s what he said to me.
Best piece of advice that I received while I was abroad or that I have for people going abroad: Pack light, but bring more underwear and socks than you think you’ll need.
My biggest concern before going abroad and advice for prospective study abroad students who may have the same concern: I was worried I would have trouble adjusting to the culture — both coming to France and returning to the States. Don’t be afraid! It’s tough, but not as hard as you think it is.
Post-graduate plans: Renovate a van and travel America.
Name: Amber Smith
Majors: Business Administration and Economics with concentrations in Management and International Business
Study Abroad Programs: Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia in Fall 2016 (CCIS) and Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand in Spring 2018 (ISEP)
Why I decided to study abroad: I wanted to study abroad to have new experiences and push myself outside of my comfort zone. After returning from Australia, I realized that it really wasn’t that different from the US, and I wanted to challenge myself to go somewhere that would be drastically different which is how I chose Thailand for my second time.
The highlights of my study abroad trip: The highlights would probably be skydiving in Australia or bungee jumping in Singapore. Just remember, if you’re the last one on the skydiving plane, you will be the first one pushed out. I also spent 9 days solo traveling in Malaysia and Singapore which was incredibly empowering to know that I had the knowledge to figure things out myself and didn’t have to compromise with anyone else about where to stay or what to eat or do.
My favorite quote from abroad: Sometimes we can get so distracted and look so outward that we lose sight of the strength, independence, and capability that we have as individuals.
Best piece of advice that I received while I was abroad or that I have for people going abroad: Don’t be dumb and everything will be okay.
My biggest concern before going abroad and advice for prospective study abroad students who may have the same concern: I was super worried about communicating in Thailand but pointing is really all you need. You could point to the food you wanted, point to yourself, and hold up one finger and they would understand just fine. I used Google Translate only three or four times in the almost five months, but things were fine day-to-day.
Post-graduate plans: I’ll probably do some more traveling.
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