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Nicole Inamine, Rennes, France (Fall 2014)
The lovely people and culture of Rennes gave me experiences that I’d never want to trade for anything else. I learn about prepositions and the subjunctive at school but I am equally learning outside of academic classes in places like my female rugby practices, the nonstop art and music festivals, and going to the French cinema with my friends.
Shilo Benic-Kluge, Granada, Spain (Fall 2014)
Along with the wonderful food, the city itself is very beautiful. You can walk up to the Albaicín, the oldest barrio in Granada, to watch the sunset and get a view of the whole city or visit the beautiful Alhambra. The location of Granada is also very convenient. It is an hour and a half away from the beach and an hour or so from the Sierra Nevada Mountains which makes this city one exciting adventure after another.
Nicholas Peck, Soka University Japan (Spring 2014)
I felt that painful loneliness when you are in a room full of native speakers and you don’t know what’s going on and no one bothers to slow down or explain it to you. As a result, I have learned the patience and compassion that comes with speaking with someone in their non-native tongue. I received nothing but sincerity and encouragement from the Japanese people I encountered.
Scott Bower, Lima, Peru (Spring 2014)
The most meaningful experience I had in Peru was when I volunteered at a girl’s shelter in the province of Cusco. As each day went by, I could sense that they started to open up to us because we all bonded over playing hours of volleyball. Our volunteer work consisted of doing English and building dignity workshops with both groups of girls. Although our stay was only a mere five days, I felt deep compassion and appreciation for them because they were so energetic and kind to us.
Luisa Madrid, Senegal, Dakar (Fall 2013)
I will always have a special place for Senegal and especially for my friends, professors, and family over there. As cliché as it may sound, study abroad changed my life forever. I was never in my comfort zone. I was always pushed and I am a stronger person because of it. My French is less than perfect, but I managed. Most people in Dakar speak Wolof, and I came into the country not knowing a single word of it, and now I can bargain for clothes in Wolof.