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Published: Monday, 23 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

So many of my pre-conceived notions of the Arab world have been permanently changed, and I know for a fact that the only way to understand this feeling is to completely immerse yourself into another culture.



Published: Monday, 23 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Hearing people speak different languages all around me, smelling the foods on the street, sitting outside cafes drinking espresso, and taking a stroll through a breathtaking parks have all made me realize that just existing in a space that seems foreign to you is so exciting and beautiful. This alone is reason enough to hop on a plane and see everything this crazy world has to offer.


Fellows at Kalamazoo Valley Community College Food Hub

Published: Friday, 20 Jul 2018
Author: Kelsey McClure and Katie Deska
Department: Office of the Dean

While in Michigan this May, fellows participated in four weeks of internships, seminars, site visits and project development. Fellows then spent one week in Washington, D.C. for the Professional Fellows Congress, where they met fellows from 14 other host institutions. Over the next year, the fellows will continue their careers in agribusiness while implementing individual projects that build on what they've learned.



Published: Thursday, 19 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

In almost every place we visited it was evident that the physician is part of the community and had great skills and a better emphasis on what they could hear with their stethoscopes and what they could feel with their hands as opposed to what the medical test told them.



Published: Thursday, 19 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

During the third week of my elective, I had the opportunity to spend a day working at the HIV clinic at the hospital, which they call the Comprehensive Care Center (CCC). In 2013, a group of physicians worked together to obtain funding in order to address the high prevalence of HIV in the region, and this center houses everything from a nutritionist to a pharmacy so that HIV positive patients can get the care they need.



Published: Thursday, 19 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I truly enjoyed hearing the stories of other students that participated in different sites and just witnessing their enthusiasm and their concern of them feeling like they didn't do enough was rewarding because we all tried our best. We all wished we could have stayed longer and made more of an impact to our site.



Published: Thursday, 19 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Walking down the plaza of Merida I could detect the difference of their culture to mine. Listening to the music I can hear their style had a touch of Caribbean style. The way they dress, their food and even the accent in the way they talked was different to mine.



Published: Thursday, 19 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Hong Kong has an MSU alumni program where many foreign MSU alumni meet up four times throughout the year and hang out. Our study abroad program meets up with the alumni group as one of their scheduled events. The alumni I met were very uplifting and excited to meet current students from MSU as they are a long ways away from their alumni program.



Published: Thursday, 19 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I spent seven months and eighteen days in Japan. While I was there, I wore slippers to class every day. I rode my bike in all kinds of weather, ate ramen at every opportunity, and climbed mountains and towers. I learned language, and I learned about myself.



Published: Thursday, 19 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

We all quickly learned that surfing is extremely exhausting, but so exhilarating. It's one of those amazing sports that regardless of how many times you fall, how many times you can't successfully stand up, how many waves hit you, you always want to catch just one more wave.