Peer Advisors

SurinaSurina Cardenas

Major: Psychology

Minor: Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences

Year in School: Senior

Email: scardenas@niu.edu

Study Abroad Program: CEA- Port Elizabeth South Africa

Other Countries you have visited: Costa Rica, England, France

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I always knew I wanted to study abroad. It was a big goal of mine to do it since high school besides graduate from college. I love to travel and try new things, study abroad was the perfect way to do that and still graduate on time.

Favorite memory from studying abroad:

There are so many memories when it comes to my study abroad experience.  It is so hard to pinpoint exactly one experience.  I think just being able to go and have the experience is my favorite memory. I did something that not a lot of my friends were able to do. I met so many amazing people from around the world, and through the friendships I created while I was in South Africa has made every day that I was there my favorite memory.

Why do you think that it is important to study abroad?

I think it is important to study abroad because there are so many experiences you have that you cannot experience at your home university. It is definitely a huge learning experience. Not only do you get to learn about another culture, and what it is like to live somewhere  else but you also learn a lot about yourself. You can be your own person and be independent.

Any tips you have for students interested in studying abroad?

Just do it! Come to the study abroad office and we will help guide you to make your finial decision. This is an opportunity that you do not want to miss out on. Take advantage of the resources provided and take a chance.  Study abroad is probably one of the best things you can do while you are in college.