I now have a new perspective and also a new-found sense of independence in regards to international travel.
My favorite part of being abroad was getting to apply the things I’d been learning in classrooms to programs that are making real change in the world.
Going abroad has shown me that there are always other ways to get things accomplished and just because I am used to seeing it done one way, that does not mean that it is always the best way.
I chose to study in New Zealand because I wished to learn about alternate forms of agricultural production and hoped to find methods that could improve our own.
My favorite part of being abroad is having the opportunity to meet and learn from people from around the world. Every day I'm able to learn something new from the people I've met and I'm thankful for that.
Even though the programs are suggested for sophomores and up, I was lucky enough to be accepted as a freshman, and it was the best experience I’ve had!
While abroad, I was able to make worldwide connections that have allowed me to broaden my horizons in my field of study.
Be open to new experiences and activities. Not everyone comes from the same background as you and you need to respect that.
Studying abroad changes your mindset, opening your eyes and mind to new opportunities that you didn’t know were even possible.
The scholarships available through the college and CALS Study Abroad Office demonstrate how much value the college sees in helping students become global citizens through study abroad.
My experience at Iowa State University has gone quicker than I could have ever imagined, but I will look back knowing I had a full and enjoyable experience here because I was able to take advantage of opportunities such as studying abroad.
Just do it! There are so many things you get out of studying abroad such as, personal connections, memories and a new outlook on the world.