Number Crunch: Study Abroad Alumni

graduation capGraduation is getting closer and closer as the semester comes to an end! Let’s take a look some statistics about our Study Abroad Alumni. 

A total of 73 Spring 2016 graduates have studied abroad through Millersville University.

Of that 73, two of the students are earning their Masters Degrees in Emergency Management.

Six of the total Spring 2016 graduate students are dual majors.

Breakdown by Major:

  • Art – 6
  • Art Education – 1
  • Biology – 7
  • Business Administration – 5
  • Early Childhood Education – 1
  • Economics – 1
  • English – 8
  • French – 1
  • German – 4
  • & Political Affairs – 4
  • History – 5
  • International Studies – 8
  • Meteorology – 1
  • Multidisciplinary Studies – 1
  • Philosophy – 1
  • Psychology – 6
  • Social Work -2
  • Sociology – 3
  • Social Studies Education – 1
  • Spanish – 5
  • Speech Communication – 6

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 Breakdown by Location:

  • Australia – 4
  • Canada – 1
  • Chile – 4
  • China – 1
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador – 1
  • England – 9
  • France – 11
  • Germany – 10
  • Israel – 1
  • Italy – 8
  • Japan – 1
  • Northern Ireland – 6
  • Norway – 1
  • Scotland – 3
  • Semester at Sea – 2
  • South Africa – 2
  • Spain – 10
  • Switzerland – 2

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As you can see, various majors have had the opportunity to study abroad in all corners of the world – so why don’t you!

 

New Partnership CHEPD

In January, a delegation from CCIEE,  China Center for International Economic Exchanges, visited Millersville University to discuss our new partnership in the 1+2+1 Sino-American Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development (CHEPD) program. Administration and faculty gave presentations about various majors and programs on campus to the group, consisting of representatives from multiple Chinese universities.

The second visit we had from CCIEE this semester was a delegation that included CCIEE Executive Director Yin Kai, Vice Director Qin Wu, and National Coordinator of the CHEPD Program and Liaison Officer for CCIEE-US Programs, Sufei Li.

Millersville University will be receiving the first cohort of students from the CHEPD program this Fall 2016 semester.
CCIEE delegation

New Workshops/Events for International Students

This semester, the Office of Global Education brought some new workshops and events to our international student population. Look at some of the highlights below:

The office invited Holly Hatton, a Washington D.C. Immigration Attorney to speak with our international students on various topics. Some topics discussed were: Optional Practical Training (OPT), S.T.E.M. opportunities, internships, working in the U.S., how to apply for a green card, and others.
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We invited a tax expert, Gail Monteleone, from H&R Block to help our students prepare and file their taxes for 2015. The office held two tax workshops this semester.
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There were some great events that our office and global ambassadors held this semester! We did everything from snow tubing, bringing students to First Friday in Downtown Lancaster, rock climbing at Spooky Nook, and even brought students to the Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival!  Check out our international students semester video!

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International Student Spotlight: Meet Abdoulahi

Have you ever wondered what Millersville University looks like from an international perspective? We asked Abdoulahi Taffa, a student from Niger who has been studying at Millersville this past semester, about his experiences.  Continue reading to gain some insight into Abdoulahi’s time here as a student at Millersville University!

Abdoulahi

Name: Abdoulahi Taffa

Age: 27

Home country: Niger

Home university: Abdou Moumouni

Field of study: International Studies

Why did you decide to study in the United States, specifically at Millersville University?

I always wanted to visit America because in my country we are influenced by American culture, we watched American movies and listen to their music. When I had the opportunity to come I decided to come. I spent 3 years in Harrisburg and I got my associate degree from HACC. During my last semester at HACC I came for a campus tour at Millersville University and I liked everything about the University so I decided to enroll.

What totally freaked you out prior to arriving at Millersville, but turned out to be no big deal?

What freaked me out before coming to Millersville is that I did not know anybody here and there were no students from my country at the university, but once I got here I felt like I was at home, everybody is nice and friendly.

What did you like best about Millersville and the United States?

What I like most about Millersville is the environment and the campus. People are nice and more than happy to help you. About United States, I like the education system and all of the opportunities available.

What is something you tried for the first time while you were studying in the States? Did you enjoy it? (it could be an activity, a type of food, etc)

What I tried for the first time while studying in the States is cooking, I never cooked in my life before coming to the States. I enjoy it sometimes.

What food or drink do you miss most from Niger?

The food I miss most from my country is Tchep (rice and fish).

What are you most looking forward to when you return home?

Spending as much time as possible with my family, especially with my grandma, I miss her so much.  Of course I’m also looking forward to finding a good job to help my country develop with my experiences from the U.S.

What did you learn about yourself personally over the past year?

I learned over the past year, that I could be anything I want to be even the future President of my home country, why not?

What did you gain academically and/or professionally?

I gained leadership skills, I learned to speak and write in a very important language (English), and I also learned how to give speeches in public.

What is your dream job and why?

My dream job is to become a diplomat or to work for an international organization like the United Nations or UNICEF. I want to represent and serve my country internationally.

Why should other international students come to MU?

They should come to MU because there are many opportunities waiting for them. All the international students are having great experience at MU, we are all happy here.

Abdoulahi with Dr. Anderson, President of Millersville University and Dr. Prabhu, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Celebration of International Education hosted by the Office of Global Education and Partnerships
Abdoulahi with Dr. Anderson, President of Millersville University and Dr. Prabhu, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Celebration of International Education hosted by the Office of Global Education and Partnerships

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Contest Results!

MU PHOTO CONTEST 

The Spring 2016 Study Abroad Photo Contest results are here! Our winners turned in phenomenal pictures of their travels and wanted to share a little bit of their experience with you!

VersaillesAdam Good, who studied abroad in France, won our Marauders abroad category. In his Versailles photo are him and his friends, Jordan and Kyle, taking a selfie in front of the famous Versaille Palace, one of France’s most impressive presentations of French art!  Adam learned about the palace in his high school French class and has read a lot about it, so he was grateful he had the chance to admire it first-hand! Within the first couple weeks of his stay in France, he recalls having perfect weather for the visit. “Looking at this photo, I wish could go back to France and do it all again!” says Adam.

Eiffel TowerAnother one of Adam’s photos took first place in the Landscapes and Landmarks category . Imagine you are looking out over Paris from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Does it look just like Adams photograph, 2nd Floor of the Eiffel Tower? This image displays an aerial view over the Tuileries Gardens and looks out to the Montparnasse Tower and beyond! Adam explains that most days are not clear enough to see out that far over the city, so this was a great shot.

He recalls the many times he walked past the Eiffel Tower and says, “…now that I don’t see it every day, I really miss it”.

Hannah Lohr brought some great competition and won both the Marauders in Action and People and Culture categories with her pictures, Nara Love and Futon Daiku Boy. Take a look at Hannah’s trip to Nara Park, in her Nara Love photo. This park is in the center of Nara Japan, just below Mount Wakakusa. People can come to admire the historical structures, such as the Todai-ji Temple, which Hannah explains, “houses one of Japan’s largest Buddha (Daibutsu) statues”.

Nara Love A popular aspectof this park is feeding the tamed deer that roam freely. “Being an animal lover, Nara was one of my favorite cities in Japan, and I often spent most of my time in Nara, with a deer by my side”, says Hannah. She also shared that the deer are believed to serve as protection to the sacred city and temple.

Hannah took her picture, Futon Daiku Boy, at the Futon Daiku Festival in Osaka, Japan. Every autumn this traditional festival is held in hopes for a good harvest. “The Futon Daiku is a massive, traditional, Japanese drum used in harvest ceremonies”, explains photographer, Hannah Lohr. At this festival, seventy men carry a float while young boys chant and play the drums. “I found myself transfixed by the serene nature of the boys as they played such an integral part to an old ceremony”, said Hannah. When she attended this festival, she caught a snapshot of a boy sitting in the large, decorative Futon Daiku float.  Futon Daiko Boy

An evening to celebrate International education

Celebration Event Spring 2016 

International education encompasses many different areas. It can include knowledge of other countries and cultures, skills in working effectively in global or cross-cultural environments, sharing information from different sources from around the world, understanding and respecting diversity, or all of the above.  In an effort to celebrate this mission, The Office of Global Education and International Studies hosted their 7th Annual Celebration for International Education event on April 20, 2016. Faculty, staff, international exchange students, past study abroad participants, Global Ed Ambassadors, and inductees of the Sigma Iota Rho, the International Studies Honor Society all came together to celebrate international education.

To start off the night, university president, Dr. John Anderson gave a few words on the importance of studying abroad.  Dr. Vilas Prabhu, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, gave an invigorating speech that revolved around his personal connection to international education. Since he was an international student himself, he noted how impactful his experience was to him and how he would not be here, if it were not for his international experience.

The guest speaker of the night was Rachel Witmer (Millersville University ’10) who gave a motivational and encouraging speech on why study abroad and international travel is so important. She used a metaphor, “The Russian Cookie Conundrum” that illustrated a lesson about why understanding cultures that are different from ours helps us understand different perspectives and have respect and concern for other people and cultures. Witmer is currently the Assistant Director of The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), the world leader in addiction-related credentialing. Recently, Witmer filled IC&RC’s seat on the Latino and Hispanic ATTC advisory council in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While at MU, Rachel studied abroad in Valparaiso, Chile in 2009 and participated in two Millersville courses abroad; one in Yucatan, Mexico and one in Northern Ireland. Rachel also became an inaugural inductee to the MU Sigma Iota Rho, the honor society for MU’s International Studies program.

Dr. Robert Bookmiller also inducted several students into the Gamma Phi chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the International Honors Society of Millersville University for their hard work and dedication to international study. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Aaron Heath
  • Jessica Schlott
  • Emily Yuda

Sigma Iota Rho Inductees

In addition, The Office of Global Education was able to recognize a total of 8 students for their contributions to the Ambassadors Program. This program allows past study abroad participants to gain professional experience creating and organizing events all while sharing their stories of their study abroad experiences. After completing the program, Ambassadors earn an official Global Education Ambassador Recognition Letter and Certificate.  Additionally, out of the 8 total students, we had 3 Ambassadors who were recognized as achieving Ambassador Gold Status. Recognition of Global Education Ambassador GOLD is bestowed on those students who exceed the program requirements by completing one or more additional activities. Congratulations to the following students on their achievements:

  • Jillian Mullen (Gold Status)
  • Rolando Rodriguez-Jimenez (Gold Status)
  • Ariel Silkett (Gold Status)
  • Evghenia Coble
  • Hannah Lohr
  • Kevin Lubin
  • Hannah Meier
  • Brittany Tomes

Recognized Ambassadors

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The Celebration Event also held our first International Student speaker. Xia Shen is a graduate student completing her Masters in English. She is from China and also attends MU’s partner school, Central China Normal University. Xia gave a speech on the topic, “What does Millersville mean to me?”

Finally, official Global Education green and blue graduation cords were distributed to the students who will be   graduating this upcoming May. Congratulations to all our graduates! Overall, the evening was a successful celebration of all things international at Millersville University. The Office of Global Education would like to thank all of those who attended and helped prepare for this great event.  We greatly look forward to next year’s celebration!

Graduating Seniors

Meet Kristin: The new program coordinator for Global Ed!

The Office of Global Education and Partnerships is pleased to announce the addition of Kristin Zoschg as a part-time Program Coordinator.  She is eager to mentor students through the study abroad process so they can have incredible life-changing experiences. Check out the Q&A session below to find out more about Kristin!

Hi Kristin, What college/university did you attend and what was your major?

I attended Geneva College and majored in teaching English as a second language

Have you had any study abroad or travel experience? If so, where did you go and for how long?

I love to travel and jump at any opportunity to go globetrotting! In college, I studied abroad for a semester in Lithuania and spent a summer volunteering in England. I also lived in Vienna, Austria for a year, while working as an au pair.

What attracted you to apply to be a study abroad Program Coordinator at Millersville?

I wanted to be a part of a community that was supporting global citizenship and this position provided the perfect opportunity to do so. This area is also very beautiful!

What are your top 3 travel destinations that you are dying to jet set of to?

On the top of my list right now are: Iceland, Thailand, and Greece.

What is something you are really looking forward to in your new role as program coordinator?

I’m most looking forward to working with the international and study abroad students, assisting and supporting them, and hearing about their experiences. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I really enjoy baking, though I have a tendency to go rogue and not follow recipes.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that most people do not know?

I once wrestled a deer and won.

 

Feel free to stop by our office and meet Kristin, She would be happy to chat with you!

Meet the New Christina!

The Office of Global Education and Partnerships is pleased to announce the addition of Christina Camp as Program Coordinator (yes another Christina!).  She is excited to work with Millersville’s growing international student population and to guide Millersville students through the study abroad process. Check out the Q&A session below to find out more about Christina!

Hi Christina, how are you enjoying working at Global Education so far?

I think very few people can say that they love what they do and working in international education has been my dream job for many years. Working in the Office of Global Education allows me to mentor both the international student population and students interested in studying abroad. This semester I’ve really enjoyed talking with students and helping them find the right program that fits their needs. I also enjoyed seeing our international students grow in confidence over the semester. It is amazing how much personal growth a person have have in a few months, and that’s why I work in higher education, to help students get that opportunity.

What college did you attend and what did you major in?

I attended Towson University for my undergraduate degree. I majored in Asian Studies after taking an amazing Chinese history class with the director of the program (I was undeclared for one semester). I took four years of Japanese which ended up being my excuse to study abroad. Years later, I attended the University of North Florida for my graduate degree. I majored in Higher Education Administration because at that time I knew I wanted to work for a college or university, in the Study Abroad/International Education field. I knew that working in higher education would present different challenges and experiences compared to a company office setting.   

Have you had any study abroad or travel experience? If so, where did you go and for how long?

I have had two study abroad experiences. In my junior year of undergrad, I spent one semester at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata City, Japan. (Millersville University has the same partnership!). I lived with a host family, a very nice elderly couple who helped me adjust to another culture.

After I graduated from Towson University I moved to South Korea. I taught English at a private language academy, called a hagwon. I worked there for a little over a year. When I arrived, I didn’t know any Korean. I taught myself how to read the Korean alphabet in my first week and by the end of the year I could use Korean for most simple daily life things. My time in Korea cemented the fact that I wanted to work in international education, so I returned to the U.S. to pursue my graduate degree.

The summer after my first year in graduate school I also studied abroad. I took a faculty-led course through another university (Stony Brook University). The class was “Comparative University Systems: Higher Education in China.” We learned about the higher education system in China, it’s history and massive growth, current trends, the organization and structure and major education laws. We interviewed and met with administrators and faculty at: Peking University, Tsinghua University, Nanjing University, East China Normal University, and Hohai University.

Other places I’ve traveled to throughout my young adult life have been: Taiwan, Italy, Croatia, Spain, and France.

What attracted you to apply to be a study abroad Program Coordinator at Millersville?

The main thing that attracted me to this position was that it did not focus on just study abroad, or just international students. The position allowed me to work with both of my passions. I also liked the fact that Millersville University and the Office of Global Education were growing. I felt that I would be able to grow here as a professional, but also assist during this very exciting time!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Being in this field I can’t escape thinking about this question. There are two places that I am truly itching to see. I really want to visit India. I previously planned to travel there before graduate school but my plans fell through. I would also love to see the Scottish Highlands.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I just moved to Lancaster this past summer. My grandmother grew up here so my family has come to Lancaster County for years. However, I do not know this area like a local so most of my spare time is finding all the little amazing shops and restaurants, concerts, plays, and random places that only a local can really find out about.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that most people do not know?

For me, snow was a perk of moving here from Florida!

Feel free to stop by our office and meet Christina! She would be happy to chat with you.

 

Increased Offerings of Faculty Led Short Term Trips & Courses Abroad

We at the Office of Global Education and Partnerships are excited to report that this academic year we are sending a record number of students abroad through a variety of short-term experiences organized by MU faculty.

What are International Trips Abroad?

Mu International Trips Abroad are coordinated by MU professors and are usually offered during the summer sessions. However, this year we also have two new programs running during spring break of 2016! Each trip is different in terms of what it offers and the length of time traveling, however they do provide another option for students who cannot study abroad for an entire semester.

Winter 2016

During Winter break MU is offering two returning programs, The first is a trip to Cape Town, South Africa, a program led by Dr. Karen Rice in the School of Social Work. The second is a trip to the Dominican Republic led by Dr. Barry Atticks in the Music Department.

The Office of Global Education had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Atticks to ask what he is most looking forward during his upcoming trip.

Dr. Atticks commented saying, “What I most look forward to is being with students who are experiencing a new culture for the first time. 70% of the students traveling to the Dominican this year will be doing so for the first time. Being able to provide these opportunities which will change their life is the sole purpose of these trips.”

Spring 2016

One of our new programs for Spring Break 2016 is a program to Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico! Students may participate in this opportunity by taking MATH 102: Mathematics in Non-European Cultures” or by participating in the service learning portion of the trip, as part of a high-impact cultural and educational experience.

The program is being run by Dr. Leonora Foels, professor in the school of Social Work and Ximena Catepillian, a professor in the mathematics department. We are excited that in its very first year of running, the trip quickly reached its full number of participants.

Another one of the new programs for Spring 2016 is to Granada, Nicaragua. This trip is being led by Dr. Karen Rice who is no stranger to taking students abroad. She has taken students abroad countless of times by offering various alternative Spring Break Service Learning programs through the school of social works’ Learning Institute: “Global Well-Being & Social Change”.  We had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Rice, asking her what drives her in selecting a location.

She responded, “In choosing a destination, it is all about the relationship. First and foremost, I ensure I partner with an organization that has an established relationship with the community members where we will travel and who worked with those members to identify what they want us to know, learn, and do while we are there. It is very important to me that the service learning trips I coordinate foster collaboration and solidarity with members of the community to promote understanding, respect, and compassion.”

This is the 3rd year Dr. Rice has done an Alternative Spring Break Service Learning Trip, and while this trip is not for academic credit, students participating in this experiencing have the opportunity to learn ways in which rural communities are empowering those in poverty through various cooperative initiatives and collaborate with the community to respond to identified need. Some of the service learning opportunities this year include: building safe stoves for rural schools, the women’s soap cooperative, and the hammock project.

Summer 2016

MU students seem to be looking forward to the two returning program for this summer. Both are traveling courses: one to Iceland and the other to London.

Dr. Tony Elliot of the Communications & Theatre department is leading the London Theatre Tour. He is excited to be taking students back as he has done so every other year for many years. When asked what makes him continue to want to take student’s abroad, Dr. Elliot responded, “I have never had a group of students who did not say that the trip was one the best experiences of their lives. For many, it is their first experience abroad, so there is that factor.”

Students participating in this MU Course Abroad have the opportunity to take one of three classes for credit. The program incorporates daily field trips to nearby locations in the city. Most class gatherings will be on-site, focusing on first-hand experience (as opposed to lecture) all while leaving students ample time to explore on their own. The course includes four professional theatre performances, as well as backstage tours at the Globe Theatre, the National Theatre and the Royal Theatre Drury Lane.

The Traveling Tour of Iceland which is a program by Dr. Len Litowitz of the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology department. Dr. Litowitz is another professor who is no stranger to taking students abroad. Just last year he ran two programs, one to Iceland the other to Costa Rica!

Students learn about the long-term sustainability of our planet and learn all about energy resources and ways to conserve them. There is a lot of hiking and outdoor fun involved in this trip which Dr. Litowitz has said allows students to really see Iceland. He notes that the outdoor activities are something he greatly looks forward to.

For professors or other individuals thinking about planning a trip abroad, Dr. Litowtiz offers some advice. He notes that it is, “Important to know your location well. I have traveled extensively to everywhere I have ever considered taking students. That way you can plan a detailed itinerary with quality excursions at reasonable prices.”

One of our new programs for this summer is a unique teaching experience abroad in Stockholm, Sweden. Participants of the program are planned to spend a  full week at Internationella Engleska Skolan Nacka, which is an international School devoted to teaching English to young students. Additionally, participants of the program will spend time teaching in a school for students with disabilities. Both of these opportunities are really beneficial in allowing MU Education majors gain some very valuable teaching experience.

The program is being run by Dr. Thomas Neuville, Associate Professor of the Educational Foundations Department. We are excited to hear about the experience once the students return!

We applaud all of our professors who work to create these experiences for our students. It really helps them to be more well-rounded and global citizens.  Plus, these experiences as Dr. Litowitz commented, “have the potential to change these student’s  lives in some small way and that is really powerful stuff!”

 

From Lititz to Santiago: An Alum tells of new life in Chile

 

Studying abroad not only allows students to discover the world outside of Millersville and Lancaster County, but it also can have a larger impact when that student decides that they love that country so much they decide to call it home. Crystal Manafi studied and interned abroad at America Solidaria in Santiago. She loved both of her experiences so much that she did just that. Crystal is originally from Lititz, PA and while at MU, double majored in Spanish and International Studies. Crystal spoke with our Global Education Graduate Assistant to share her story.

Note: This interview is not a direct quote. It is written in first person for stylistic effect. 

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Journey

I studied abroad in the spring of 2009 and had an amazing experience. It was there that I met my now husband. We met during orientation week as he was one of the orientation leaders. I went back one more time during the summer of 2010 to complete an internship helping with relief efforts for Haiti. After that experience, I returned to the states knowing that I wanted to try my luck living and working in another country while getting international work experience (which was important to me at the time). I moved to Chile shortly after graduating college, just three days to be exact. I enjoyed the lifestyle and it offered me a better standard of living. I was very familiar with the country and it allowed me to be closer to Francisco. We later got engaged and have been married for three years.

Currently, I work as a freelance writer and marketer which I love! I love my schedule; I work about 25 hours a week which allows for lots of travel and exploring different cities. Study abroad really changed my career path because before, I thought that I wanted to work in an international non-profit. It really changed my entire outlook on life and I decided that I didn’t want a traditional career that came with a 9-5 job. After I had some experience working in the non-profit sector, I found it really limiting and there wasn’t much time to really enjoy life. It also wasn’t what I wanted to do. It just wasn’t for me.

Over the past year I was able to take a total of 7 trips. I traveled to the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and Hungary. But I also had the opportunity to go to Torres del Paine, which is known for being one of the seven natural wonders of the world! It was just so beautiful, you have to see it if you’re ever in Chile.

Adjusting

There was this one funny moment, that looking back is something I can laugh at now, though it wasn’t at the time. It was during my first week there, I was trying to understand the transportation system and I missed the stop that I was supposed to get off at. The train kept going and I realized it was too far. I didn’t know what to do, but this sweet little old lady ended up walking me up to the place that I needed to go. She went out of her way, it was so nice.

Chile is a place that as an American, you feel very comfortable. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. They have a really “chill” outlook on life. The culture is not as fast paced as it is in the US, it’s more laid back and they really value spending time with their friends and family.

I miss  some of the Holidays (obviously Thanksgiving and July 4th are only celebrated in the US). These two holidays in particular are difficult, because I am used to celebrating them with my family. I attempted to create new traditions to help connect the two parts of my life, the American side with the newer Chilean side, however “people just don’t understand why it is important.” It’s not that bad though, all the other major holidays are celebrated in Chile and it is pretty similar. During these big holidays, I enjoy being able to spend time with my husband and in laws.

Home

I don’t miss [home] the place. I miss the people there and the cultural things, (such as Thanksgiving). I recently bought a home in Chile, which makes it feel much more official and permanent. It has helped me get much more acclimated. I consider both the US and Chile my home. I return to the US about twice a year. However, it is a really different experience, as my memories of home don’t coincide with reality.

Soo much has changed since I left after graduation. Obviously all my friends have since graduated too and there isn’t this place on campus to meet up all together like there used to be (like our apartment). It’s just a different experience, but I enjoy getting to catch up with my friends when I do come home.

Advice

One piece of advice I have specifically for both freshmen and seniors is, once you decide to do this experience, make sure to have realistic expectations. It will be important to know that while it is definitely a magical experience that allows you to see so many spectacular things, you have to realize what is feasible and what is not and you just have to “go with the flow.” You will end up becoming fast friends and those are the friendships that will last a lifetime. You’ll meeting so many different people and have the opportunity to interact with different cultures; it’s the most amazing experience.

Also, do your research on your location/country. This was something I regret not doing. Eventually, I was able to figure things out, but had I done my research ahead of time, I would have been more prepared. Just do it! When are you ever going to have the opportunity to have this experience again? You just have to take advantage of it!

Crystal in Greece during one of her trips this past year.

Crystal wanted to share the link to her blog with us, so feel free to check it out in the link below and stay connected with our Millersville Alum living abroad in Chile!

http://www.bayessence.com

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