The Study Abroad Ambassador Program promotes international education abroad from a student perspective and fosters friendships with exchange students. Please reach out to our ambassadors with any questions you may have!
Meet the Spring 2019 Study Abroad Ambassadors!
Name: Maya Kirk
Minors: Graphic Design
Study Abroad Programs: IAU Barcelona
Why I decided to study abroad: One of the reasons that I studied abroad was because my dad studied abroad in England during Grad school. Ever since then he instilled in me an interest in experiencing new places and getting inspiration from other cultures. The second reason is because I love Spanish, shopping, and seafood so Barcelona it was!
The highlights of my study abroad trip: Well… I have two. My first one is riding camels on the beach in Morocco while it was raining with two of my friends. It was probably one of the only times that I didn’t care about my hair getting wet and turning into an afro. The other was having my parents come visit me half way through my program and traveling the Amalfi Coast with me.
Favorite quote from abroad:
“Deep in the pavements kicking through the streets
To wonder like Picasso in the Barcelona heat
Passion is the fashion and life is poetry
We welcome to another world where every heart can beat” – Strut Song (Cheetah Girls 2 Movie)
Best piece of advice that I received while I was abroad or that I have for people going abroad: Try to immerse yourself in the culture, learn the language, get to know the locals because that will enrich your experience even more. Also water in Europe is not free so be prepared to just buy some soda or juice.
My biggest concern before going abroad and advice for prospective study abroad students who may have the same concern: I would say my biggest concern was that I didn’t know the language as well but when I got there almost everyone spoke English but I still chose to use the language. Once I got there, my biggest concern became money and using it wisely.
Post-Graduation Plans: My post graduate plan is to enroll in an MBA program and study abroad during graduate school as well, hopefully in Thailand.
Name: María Eugenia Padrón García
Minors: French and Business Administration
Study Abroad Programs: ISEP Exchange (Université de Lille 3, France)
Why I decided to study abroad: To improve my French
The highlights of my study abroad trip: Improving my French with a visit to the ER; showing my host city around to a French student that was from a different city; having a senior year philosophy teacher compliment my French.
My favorite quote from abroad: “Donner c’est donner, reprendre c’est voler”
Best piece of advice that I received while I was abroad or that I have for people going abroad: Prepare for the unexpected, but don’t worry too much either. For every problem there’s either a solution or a lesson. Traveling abroad is the perfect opportunity to try new things, meet new people, and get out of your comfort zone, but also try doing things you like and meet locals that like doing those things.
My biggest concern before going abroad and advice for prospective study abroad students who may have the same concern: My biggest concern was getting my classes transferred so I wouldn’t delay my graduation back at Truman. It’s possible to find ways and there are flexible programs out there like ISEP. Signing up for classes can be messy, especially for those you want to fill up requirements back in Truman, but communication and preparation make it possible. Always asking questions and keeping in touch with the staff from the program and Truman helped me do it.
Post-graduate plans: Do a masters program in psycholinguistics or clinical linguistics in Europe after I graduate from Truman.
Name: Lydia Schuchard
Major: English and Spanish
Study Abroad Programs: Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador
The highlights of my study abroad trip: Hiking on a volcano in Ecuador and seeing Machu Picchu.
Favorite quote from abroad:“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”
Best piece of advice that I received while I was abroad or that I have for people going abroad: Do things that make you uncomfortable. Those are the things that will make you grow.
My biggest concern before going abroad and advice for prospective study abroad students who may have the same concern: I was really concerned about building new relationships and navigating life in a foreign country. To anyone who has this same concern, I’d say don’t be afraid to ask for help, to make mistakes, and to put yourself in situations you’ve never been in before. You’d be surprised at how much you’re capable of.
Post-Graduation Plans: Teaching English abroad.
Name: Nathan Weeks
Major(s)/Minor(s): Accounting and Business Administration
Study Abroad Programs: ISEP University of Essex (England)
Why I decided to study abroad: I wanted to explore the world and learn and invest in another culture.
The highlights of my study abroad trip: Exploring different cities, getting connected at the university, and eating different foods.
My favorite quote from abroad: “The earth does not revolve around the USA”
Best piece of advice that I received while I was abroad or that I have for people going abroad: Your study abroad experience is not going to be picture perfect, but it is going to be an adventure.
My biggest concern before going abroad and advice for prospective study abroad students who may have the same concern: My biggest concern was sorting out all the little details and I learned that no one can have all the details sorted, and this is what makes studying abroad such an adventure. Embrace the adventure! Be flexible and willing to try new things!
Post-graduate plans: Pursuing a career in Accounting and continue traveling the world
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