Because my school semesters are full of courses required for my curriculum, I never expected to be able to study abroad and graduate on schedule. An exciting opportunity opened up for me when I learned that I could study abroad during a winter session.
I took a sociology course that I would never have been able to fit into my regular semester schedule, and taking it while abroad gave us a whole new perspective as students of the world. Learning about a new subject in a new culture challenged me to grow intellectually and personally. I could see my own discipline and my own culture in a new light, and learned more about myself than I could have expected.
I had always wanted to go to London, and to be able to travel there independently was an exciting experience. I was able to explore the city and surrounding areas on my own, and with new friends. The people I studied with were people from different disciplines and even different continents. Learning and having adventures with them was a once in a lifetime experience that I will always treasure.
– Jessica Hinaman