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More Student Perspectives
Year in school: Junior
Minor: Operations Management and Informational Systems (OMIS)
Working hours: Monday, Thursday: 9-10 a.m. and Tuesday: 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Study abroad program: AIFS; San Jose, Costa Rica spring 2018
Other countries you visited: Nicaragua
I decided to study abroad because I wanted to experience something new and different than what I grew up with. My family never traveled much and I finally had an opportunity that allowed me to continue my academics while bring able to travel for an entire 13 weeks.
Ithink it is important to study abroad because it allows you to have more of an open mind in your everyday life. No doubt the places you visit, you will notice differences compared to your home state in the US. Embracing these differences can alter your outlook on life and even quite possibly change the path you are pursing in life.
Don't be nervous to take a chance and step out of your comfort zone. The program you choose, the faculty, and the people you meet are all resources specifically for you while abroad.
My favorite excursion while abroad was visiting an area called Arenal in the mountains of Costa Rica. Here we were able to visit natural hot springs, swim in a gorgeous waterfall in the jungle, and zip line on Latin America's longest zip lining course. I was also able to do a free jump in the jungle as well!
Year in school: Junior
Major: Art (B.A.)
Minor: Languages (various)
Working hours: Thursday 9 a.m.-Noon and Friday 1-3:30 p.m.
Study abroad program: High School, Independent in China
Other countries you visited: Canada
Because of the unknown and the weird, are the best parts about life, I don't think humans were put on earth to not venture out and see what lies beyond our lawns. It's just nice to not be at home and open up a magazine, look at a magazine of China and say I've been there, twice.
Because the time you spend abroad is something irreplaceable. Which I know is over-stated, but it is truly underappreciated.
Don't wait, time is a commodity you cannot buy more of.
桂林的山, the mountains of Gui Lin.
Year in school: Sophomore
Working hours: Wednesday 8-10 a.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-noon
Study abroad program: Provence Culture in Aix-en-Provence, France (NIU faculty)
Other countries you visited: Italy
I decided to study abroad because it helps move the French major along and because it has been a lifelong goal of mine to live in France one day.
I think studying abroad is important because it makes you recognize the similarities across different cultures. It is a chance to go outside your comfort zone as well.
Don't be afraid to try new things! Go out, take those chances, get lost and explore a new world!
Honestly, my favorite adventure abroad was getting lost in the woods trying to climb a mountain. We ended up coming out of the woods right on top of a waterfall. It was so amazing to be completely surrounded by the French wilderness with no one else around; simply taking in the beauty of what we had came across.