Off-Campus Program Past Participant Contacts
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Program: IES Quito Ecuador
Majors: Psychology and Spanish
My study abroad experience: What I loved most about my experience was learning about the history and culture of Ecuador, as well as building wonderful relationships with some people such as my host parents and siblings. I think that learning from the people and building those relationships would have been so much harder without speaking Spanish, and that’s really what I miss the most. I miss speaking the language every single day without even thinking about it. My Ecuador experience definitely helped me learn more and improve my Spanish speaking skills. Of course there were people who didn’t have patience during conversations, which made it harder for me to speak, but most of the people I met and became close with were really patient and understanding, which boosted my confidence in speaking.
What I miss the most: My favorite memories were mostly with my second host family because they just really made me like I was part of their family and made me feel at home. My most favorite memory with them would be going on little road trips with the whole family and just spending time and joking around with each other.
Program: IES Amsterdam
Majors: Psychology and Gender Studies
What I loved the most: I loved the biking culture, learning the Dutch language, and being in a beautiful, multicultural city.
My favorite memory: I would often invite friends I made through the International Student Network over to cook their favorite food from home to get to know them. Together we made Spanish Tortilla, Turkish-style green beans, tomato paste, and zucchini, and Japanese Sushi.
How did study abroad expand my world view? I've always had a travel bug, but being thrown out of the States for the first time really changed how I question my surroundings and where I fit into them. I've also become fascinated with the intricacies of how language and food fits into a culture. I'm counting the moments until I can live abroad again (hopefully for Graduate school!).
Program: Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies- Rome
Majors: Classics and Art History
My study abroad experience: My favorite part of studying abroad was getting to see and experience so many things that I had only heard about or seen pictures of throughout my study of Classics and Art History. Being able to physically engage with the material helped me to grasp so much more thoroughly the concepts and make them feel much more relevant.
How has my worldview changed? Studying abroad introduced me to so many new people and places that changed the way I look at the world. I think being able to get out of my comfort zone in every sense of the phrase was a life changing experience.
Program: SEA Semester
My abroad experience: I studied oceanography, marine science, and maritime history in Woods Hole, MA before meeting the SSV Corwith Cramer in Barcelona, Spain. From there we sailed 2,000 miles to the Canary Islands, which was the most difficult, exhausting, and intensely transformative experience of my life.
My favorite memory: One of my favorite days was at the very end of the program when were sailing on the Atlantic towards Gran Canaria. We hadn't seen dolphins since we left the Mediterranean Sea, but that afternoon we were followed for almost an hour by a superpod of over 250 strong. They came right up to the sides of the ship and showed off until we couldn't cheer any longer (show-offs).
Program: IES Amsterdam
My favorite memory: Apart from the food, I loved biking around the city. Everyone in Amsterdam bikes, so it was an easy way to feel more a part of the culture. I did not have to wait for public transportation and could be on my own schedule as I explored the city independently or with friends. Even though it was terrifying at times (other bikers could be very aggressive and impatient!), with my bike I really got to know the city and appreciate all its beautiful old buildings and canals.
How my worldview changed: Over the course of 4 months I became well acquainted with not only Dutch culture, but the culture of my other international classmates who had come to Amsterdam to study as well. Studying abroad expanded my world view immensely, allowing me to approach my studies at Lawrence in new ways. What I learned in and out of the classroom while in Amsterdam has been invaluable in making me a more confident, engaged, and globally aware person and Lawrentian.
Program: Middle East and Arabic Language Studies in Amman Jordan
My study abroad experience: Being abroad was one of the best decisions of my life because I was able to go to another side of the world to experience a new people, culture, and language. I am more than grateful to have gone to the Middle-East, to see a people so like us yet so colorful within themselves.
My favorite memory: Amman was the first large city I had ever lived in, and this was a monumental element of my study abroad experience. Coming from a small town and farmland community, I never understood what residency was like in a larger city, and I firmly believe that Amman was the perfect location to acquaint myself to municipal living. An old city, Amman's run-down and hilly streets of beige buildings captured an unmatched homey quality that effectively represented the Arab character; colorful, traditional, and welcoming. The city was unquestionably alive with its inhabitants, and ever changing. Because it is not as developed as Western cities, I felt this was the ideal fit for adjusting to the rigors of living as one in a million people. I particularly enjoyed the night scene in Amman, when hookah bars playing music, mosques announcing the call-to-prayer, and festivities hosting concerts filled the narrow, street-art ridden passageways with pleasant noises. I will forever miss this irreplaceable atmosphere.
Program: IES Abroad Quito, Area Studies and Language
Majors: History Major, Government and Spanish Minor
What I loved most: I loved being immersed in the Spanish language and having the opportunity to live in a completely different culture. I was lucky enough to travel to many different parts of Ecuador and learned so much about how the culture varies from the Andes to the coast to the Amazon rainforest, which really helped to increase my understanding of the country.
How has my worldview changed? I am definitely more empathetic towards others now, especially people who I don't initially have a lot in common with. Also, I am much more confident in myself and my abilities--If I can navigate a foreign culture in a different language, I can do anything!
Program: College Year in Athens
Majors: Art History Major, Museum Studies IA
What I loved most: the food!
How has my worldview changed: Getting the chance to study abroad is the best experience of my life. In the five months I spent in Athens, Greece, I grew so much. I have never been happier than I was when I was there and that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Program: IES Paris
What I loved most: I loved the European culture. Everything takes more time because they like to savor every minute. Eating with friends would take hours, and I learned how to honestly sit alone and take in my surroundings. The days just felt longer and richer.
How has my worldview changed? Especially with the refugee crisis happening when I was abroad, I have become altogether more aware of what's happening in the world. I've started reading the paper everyday, one French and one English, so I can stay updated on the worldly issues plaguing us today.
Program: IES Santiago (U. Católica Santiago)
Majors: Biology and Spanish
What I loved most: I loved hearing and learning to speak a new (to me) dialect of Spanish, and having my language skills challenged in an academic setting! Living in a big city and making friends without the scaffolding of a tiny campus was a great experience as well.
How has my worldview changed? Although I always felt welcomed by new friends and classmates while I was abroad, there were frequent moments in which I really felt just how much of a cultural outsider I was. Now that I'm back, memories of that feeling help me to empathize more with people who might be feeling uncomfortable, out of place, or excluded in a variety of situations.