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Will, CCSA London Summer, My favorite experience abroad was enjoying the 30-minute ride on The London Eye, a giant ferris wheel located adjacent to the Thames River. I was able to see the entire city once I reached the top, all while enjoying a beautiful sunset. It was a great time to reflect and take in everything around me.

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Sydney, CCSA London Winter, I learned that travel is one of the most important things to me. I have always traveled but have never knew why I loved it so much. Now I know that it is because I thrive on learning as much as possible about different customs, cultures, religions and histories.

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Steve, Education in Ireland, I learned a copious amount about the protestant and Catholic divide that is still there as well as some of the fundamental differences between the Ireland schools and our own, which after all, was the purpose of the trip in the first place.

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Stephanie, Discover China, Overall, from what I witnessed, China is a progressive country that is open to embracing western culture but still manages to keep its own traditions to a certain extent. There is independence in China and social value is being created by the community on an everyday basis. I can use this experience in my career field because it has reminded to be open-minded and accepting toward different lifestyles. This will come in handy as I work in nonprofits and higher education.

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Sarah, Belize Nursing, My favorite experience while abroad in Belize was working alongside of the nurses in the hospitals. I was very honored to be accepted and to be allowed to help in whatever way that I could. I learned a massive amount about how health care operates in Belize. I also learned about the nurse’s jobs, schooling, and how they feel about healthcare.

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Samantha, Greece and Italy, Because of my study abroad experience, I learned a new passion of mine. While in Italy and Greece, we communicated with a lot of individuals in languages that were not our own. I found myself taking a great interest in these languages and using them as much as possible. I discovered that I love languages: I love to learn new words and phrases, I love to be able to communicate with the people we met in their native language, and I love to learn about my own language as a result of learning others.

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Rebekah, Semester in Regensburg, I did ask some of the people that I met from other countries what they thought of Americans. There were good answers and bad, but everyone that I would talk to was friendly and honest. I would try to remember some of the negative preconceived ideas that people have about Americans when I traveled, so I could break those stereotypes.

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Rebecca, KIIS Italy, Seeing artwork by great masters only increases the desire to be a better artist. The art is so beautiful that I cried. The pages of a book cannot help you understand the glory in the art of the Sistine Chapel or the Uffizi Gallery. I have a new appreciation for color. Everything just seemed more vibrant there.

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Nika, International Business Seminars, The food was one of my favorite parts of the trip. I enjoyed learning the different versions of breakfast! I also fell in love with shopping in London. I got so many items there that it was ridiculous! The overall best had to have been the people watching. I’m big on that. I love watching people do whatever it is they like to do. I truly enjoyed my time in each place and cannot wait to go back!

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Molly, International Performing Arts Institute, My study abroad experience helped me tap into my real talent. The teachers brought out the performer in me and helped me fall in love with music all over again. Before, I was going to teach in public schools for the rest of my life. Now, I’m researching graduate programs in vocal performance.