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Katie JohnsonKatie Johnson, a senior in political science, studied abroad in Scotland during Summer 2011 through the Arcadia University program at University of Stirling International Summer School.

"One of the most memorable moments of the trip was a time when I simply stepped outside to walk to the student union, and in the distance, as I walked over the loch, I could hear bagpipes playing in the distance. Then I went to my beloved Ireland for a weekend, where I Riverdanced on stage, listened to violins play Irish songs, drank some Guinness and even found a fellow student from Ohio State in a Dublin pub. Experiencing two cultures in the flesh that I've been fascinated with since I was young is enough to make this one of the most memorable experiences of my life."

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Alexandra NardoAlexandra Nardo, a sophmore in political science, studied abroad in Italy during Summer 2011 through the Lecce Italian Language Program.

"While in Italy, I not only learned in a classroom environment, but I was exposed to the daily life of an Italian, whether it be celebrating their holidays, cooking their food, or adopting their study habits. With weekly "excursions" throughout my two month experience, I was able to see the beauty that the Italian land had to offer through trips to local beaches and country-side."

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Andres Quinche in Missirah, SenegalAndres Quinche, a senior in international studies, studied abroad in Senegal during Autumn 2011 through the Minnesota Studies in International Development Program.

"It is impossible to truly describe in words what three and half months in Western Africa was like, sufficient to say, one has to go and experience it for themselves in order to truly conceptualize it. Aside from that, the experience was an unforgettable, social, cultural, and learning experience, an experience that has re-shaped my ideologies, and my beliefs.

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Chris Zapp in KenyaChris Zapp, a senior in city and regional planning, studied abroad in Kenya during Autumn 2011 through the Minnesota Studies in International Development Program.

"I have been able to think, feel, and act holistically; extract meaning from experience; understand the intimate relationship between knowledge and power; savor diversity; invoke a global context; take a long-term perspective; cultivate empathy; foster community; and translate my insights and values into action. I will adopt these newly formed habits into my future career and life goals."

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Jessica Lewis, a PhD student in physical therapy, participated in a service-learning project in Merida, Mexico over winter break 2010.

"I worked in Merida, Mexico at a school and medical facility for children with handicaps, where I was able to work directly with the physical therapists to help improve their treatment plans and protocols. The time I spent in Mexico allowed me to learn about myself, my future profession and a culture that is different from my own.

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Kelsey LarsenKelsey Larsen, a sophomore in industrial and systems engineering, studied abroad in Honduras during Spring Quarter 2010 through the Engineering Service-Learning at Montana de Luz program.

"Spending time at Montana de Luz (MdL) was so enjoyable and rewarding. Seeing the kids and playing with them, you could really see the impact you were giving. I had an amazing time at MdL. The most memorable part of MdL was the children. Seeing them and getting to know them was so cool. It was truly rewarding and a life altering experience."

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Diana SaintignonDiana Saintignon, a sophomore in forestry, fisheries, and wildlife, studied abroad in Iceland during Spring Quarter 2010 through the Environment & Natural Resources - Iceland study abroad program.

"I wasn't quite sure what to expect as I had never been out of the country, but one week in Iceland made such a difference. I think studying outside of a student's home country is an experience worth having, it's a great way to practice hands-on learning and gaining other perspectives on today's challenges."

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Natalie FarellNatalie Farell, a junior in marketing, studied abroad in Australia during Spring Quarter 2010 through the AustraLearn study abroad program.

"My study abroad experience in Sydney, Australia was the best experience of my life! My program, Australearn, began with an orientation in Cairns and scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef. Next, our group flew to Sydney where we went on a harbor cruise and saw the famous Opera House. Finally, I settled into my Sydney University Village apartment and met my new roommates."

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Elliot KlostermanElliot Klosterman, a junior in political science and intelligence & security, studied abroad in Egypt through the American University in Cairo study abroad program.

"I studied abroad in Cairo, Egypt for 9 weeks at the International Language Institute. This was an ISAP study abroad. I had class Monday through Thursday with 3 hours of modern standard Arabic and 2 hours of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic daily."

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Cally McGeeCally McGee, a sophomore in biology, studied abroad in the Bahamas during Winter Quarter 2010 through the Office of Minority Affairs study abroad program.

"I traveled to the Bahamas (Freeport, Grand Bahama) over spring break with 9 other students and two instructors for the Office of Minority Affairs Introductory Study Abroad.  We got to learn about the Bahamas beyond tourism which was extremely interesting."

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Rachel RutledgeRachel Rutledge, a junior in accounting, studied abroad in Greece during Spring Break 2010 through the Honors Athens study abroad program.

"Over spring break, I traveled to Athens, Greece, as part of the Honors Athens class. We had a fantastic 8 days in the Athens area (plus two travel days). We stayed in the Herodion Hotel, which had views of the Acropolis and was right by the New Acropolis Museum. There were over twenty students who went on this trip, and we had an awesome time. What fascinated me most was seeing structures and archaeological finds that were from hundreds and sometimes even thousands of years B.C."

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Michelle BeresMichelle Beres, a sophomore in animal sciences, studied abroad in Costa Rica during Spring Quarter 2010 through the Costa Rica study abroad program.

"My experience studying abroad in Costa Rica was nothing less than enthralling. It was back to back to back hands on learning experiences beginning as soon as the flight landed. Since we were studying sustainable agriculture, we saw firsthand how macadamia, heart of palm, mango, coffee and cacao crops are managed."

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Megan PattonMegan Patton, a 2010 graduate who was in English and French, studied abroad in France during Spring Quarter 2010 through the IES French Language Program in Nantes.

"The IES French Language program included a semester-long homestay with a French family that spoke NO English! What a wonderful way to improve my speaking skills and learn the culture. We took classes taught by French professors on subjects specialized for American students."

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Cori ErbCori Erb, a 2010 graduate in Spanish and international studies, studied abroad in Argentina during Winter Quarter 2010 through the Advanced Spanish Program in Rosario program.

"The most memorable party of my trip was definitely staying with a host family. Mine was very welcoming and helpful, and I had a host brother who helped me find things to do around the city a few times. I still keep in touch with them and hope to go back and visit sometime."

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Jack DoranJack Doran, a sophomore in pre-architecture, studied abroad in Turkey during Winter Quarter 2010 through the Honors and Scholars Architecture in Istanbul study abroad program.

"Iwent in feeling uncomfortable and out of place, and I left wanting to come back again. Istanbul's whole culture is so much different than America's and it was a really interesting experience to be the minority in such a large country. We were given lots of free time to walk around by ourselves, and through that time, I felt a sense of discovery that I hadn't felt since I was little."

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