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Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I was provided with such special care from the school that I was studying in with so many exciting memories. I was allowed the freedom to communicate with the native Chinese speakers in Chinese any time I wanted. I was able to participate in various culture learning experiences from learning to play mahjong to taichi. I was introduced to a lovely Chinese family with whom I spent two weekends together.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I expected London to be like I'd seen in the movies – the constant chattering of those with British accents, teahouses on every corner, and the pervasive smell of fish and chips. While these things were present, of course, I was pleasantly discovered to see just how multicultural the city truly was.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

The irreplaceable understanding gained by conducting my own research study through a community-based perspective, had been perhaps the most impactful part of studying abroad in the Andean Mountains. When analyzing or constructing policy, it is of utmost importance to consider cultural differences in ideology and values.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Education abroad was not only a fantastic academic opportunity, it also functions as an excellent way to get to know more about people and how to cohabitate and gain patience and understanding of other people. It fosters a lot of empathy, you are able to more easily understand the circumstances of people's lives and explore different food, landscapes, and interests.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I got to explore new places with my friends and favorite professor, I furthered my research and learned so much, and best of all, I got to experience more of the world for the first time.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

It was eye-opening to learn about the struggles that South Africa's businesses face with inflation, unemployment, and various taxes that are being enacted on them. By the end of the week the students from both countries seemed to understand each other's perspectives just a little bit more. Although it was sad to say goodbye to our new friends we were able to exchange contact information so that we can stay in touch into our post-graduate lives.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Refugees are human, like you and me. During my two weeks in Kara Tepe, I was moved by the stories they shared and fueled to extend my time on the island. In the camp, I learned about an resident seeking a journalism job while waiting for asylum to join his brother, an L.A. Times writer, in the United States and a chef, while fasting for Ramadan, insisting on my group of volunteers to taste-test the 300 pounds of food he prepared. Refugees did not choose this life to live.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I'm a part of the first generation in my family to go to college and no one in my family has studied abroad before so this was an entirely new experience for me and my family. Studying abroad in Dubai was the greatest experience of my life. I met amazing people and we all became close very quickly. Every day was a new adventure and I never wanted the program to end.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Immersing myself in an environment where I don't really know much can be scary but it creates a learning environment unlike any other.



Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I lived with more than 30 people representing 13 different countries, including my own. I learned more about the world and different cultures in two and a half months than I have in my entire life. I came home more open-minded and curious about the world and I am forever grateful for everything I learned while I was abroad and how much I grew as a person.