For how long did you stay abroad?
5 weeks each time
Why did you choose to learn abroad?
I live at home while attending school at UTM, so I really wanted an international experience that could be both academically beneficial as well as an overall amazing personal opportunity.
What are the specific skills that you learned or developed?
I learned independence and confidence. Although Summer Abroads are very structured there was a lot I did and figured out on my own – I felt like I came back a very confident traveler and a more confident person. I gained a lot of academic confidence as well! Being in a class where you see your peers everyday and build a relationship with your prof helps you build on so many academic skills, that I came back a much more confident student overall.
What benefits did you get from the experience?
Independence, confidence, a good relationship with a prof, cultural context and understanding, collaboration
Please, name 2 challenges that you faced and how you overcame them in your experience.
The first Summer Abroad I went on, I went totally alone. I had never lived in res, never been away from home for an extended period time, never gone away alone, so I had a lot of concerns. I overcame all my fears and worries really quickly by just plunging myself into everything I could and taking advantage of everything the program had to offer, so there was no time to worry or be scared.
I also worried about feeling homesick and not meeting people. But when you do a program like this, most of the peers that are there with you are like-minded people who have the same interests as you, so you end up making friends that become like family right away.
Would you recommend learning abroad to a friend? Why?
Absolutely! It was without a doubt the best experience of my entire time in university.