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Published: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I am coming back to East Lansing in the fall with a strong new sense of cultural awareness as well as a better understanding of my academic pursuits. I wish to one-day return to the Cannes Lions Festival, but this time I wish to be a speaker sharing my own achievements while motivating an audience filled with students who were just like me.



Published: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

As a Hospitality Business major, the ability to speak a second language is a huge asset for me. Knowing more than one language will allow me to communicate with more guests and staff in a hotel, and will allow me to work in many different places and countries.



Published: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I believe the most beneficial part of the study abroad was having the opportunity to volunteer in the refugee camp on the island of Lesvos.



Published: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

As a result of this program I have a new appreciation for how it feels to be traveling in a foreign country. I plan to take this realization back to campus with me and hope that I can act as a more welcoming American when I come into contact with international students at MSU.



Published: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

In the end, my program was able to provide me with valuable credit to courses within my major while enabling me to explore and venture into a culture I had dreamed about learning more of.



Published: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I learned many things from my host culture. The first being there is such a thing called Greek time. This means if you tell someone you will be arriving at their home at 9:30 am, it is actually rude to arrive on time. You must actually arrive between 10:00 am to 10:30 am.



Published: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Our group bonded really well because we were together for the entire month. Study abroad brought us really close so that by the end of it, we were like a family. I am really grateful to have grown professionally and culturally, but also to have made such great friends along the way.



Published: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

In my homestay, which I shared with another MSU student, I learned how important family was in the Spanish culture. My homestay parents were parents to 3 children and had 5 grandchildren, all of whom lived in Valencia very close to them. This meant that multiple times a week the grandchildren and parents visited the grandparents and usually ate lunch together on Sundays.



Published: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

This experience abroad enhanced my knowledge of what conducting research was really like. This was very beneficial to my career goal of working in research and development at a pharmaceutical company.



Published: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

In the first and second week, we did so much, including going to the British Museum multiple times, getting used to class, going on field trips and attending guest lectures given by a ton of famous forensic anthropologists, odontologists, and bioarchaeologists, visiting Paris for a weekend, taking a land tour from Parliament Square, and taking a boat tour that ended in Greenwich, where we stood in two hemispheres at the same time!