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Anupama Joseph in Segovia, SpainAnupama Joseph, a senior in biochemistry and Spanish, studied abroad in Spain during Summer 2011 through the Fundación José Ortega y Gasset program.

"Students had the opportunity either to live with a host family or in the dorm; I chose to stay in the dorm, finding that traveling through the cities provided plenty of chances to converse with the natives while simultaneously forging close friendships with the others in the dorm. Studying abroad was the most ideal way to immerse myself in a culture about which I otherwise never would have learned, allowing me to broaden my worldview and expand my respect for diversity."

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Madison Aballi at the Tower BridgeMadison Aballi, a freshman in nursing, studied abroad in England during winter break 2011 through the London Honors program.

"It was important for me to study abroad because I was interested in learning about a new culture. As a nursing major, I want to know as much as I can about various cultures so that I can better relate to any patient that I come in contact with. It turns out that the relationships that I formed while on this trip were an added surprise that I didn't foresee, but are now very important to me as well."

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Maureen Lare on Santa Cruz IslandMaureen Lare, a junior in environmental science, studied abroad in the Galapagos Islands during Autumn 2011.

"We flew out to the Galapagos Islands which became our home for three months. Life is so much simpler there and the wildlife is absolutely amazing. The university's right on a beach populated by sea lions, marine iguanas and finches and once you get in the water, there are sea turtles and hundreds of fish. It was such an amazing spot to study ecology and evolution and really opened my eyes to a different world."

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Chelsea Spears at the Roman BathsChelsea Spears, a freshman in English, studied abroad in England during winter break 2011 through the London Honors program.

"The people in my group made each moment in London more memorable. Spending close to 24 hours a day with these people allowed us to grow incredibly close in such a short amount of time. One of my strongest memories from the trip was at Stonehenge. I had finally caught my breath after laughing hysterically at the ridiculous photos we were taking in front of the historic site and I just took a moment to actually look at the people around me."

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Ujesh Vora on the Millennium BridgeUjesh Vora, a freshman in engineering, studied abroad in England during winter break 2011 through the London Honors program.

"I am so glad I decided to participate in this study abroad experience. I have been abroad several times, but never like this. The week I spent in London, I really got a chance to immerse myself in the city. I spoke to locals, enjoyed some traditional London food "fish and chips", and managed to get lost several times, but it was all part of the experience. Out of all the places we say, my favorite was stand right under Big Ben and looking up to see how massive it was. Honestly breath-taking. If I had the opportunity to go to London again, I would definitely do it."

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Adam Young at StonehengeAdam Young, a freshman in zoology and Spanish, studied abroad in England during winter break 2011 through the London Honors program.

"Having this experience after only one quarter as a student at The Ohio State University gave us the opportunity, early in our college careers, to get a feel for what it is like to study abroad and to be exposed to a culture different than our own. It most definitely was a life-changing experience, and kindled in (I would assume) every member of our group to want to study abroad again, perhaps for longer periods of time, in the future."

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Kelsey BraxKelsey Brax, a sophomore in biomedical engineering, studied abroad in Italy during Summer 2011 through Arcadia University.

"My study abroad experience was everything I hoped for - plus more gelato than I could ever dream of! The whole experience was absolutely spectacular. I would go from browsing the shops on the beautiful cobblestone streets of Florence, to touring the notable vineyards and memorable Tuscan countryside, to kayaking in the true blue Mediterranean by the shores of Capri. There were so many opportunities to explore and have adventures, and yet still time to relax and enjoy the Italian food and culture."

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Tess EcksteinTess Eckstein, a junior in international studies, studied abroad in China during Summer 2011 through the Qingdao Intensive Chinese Language Program.

"I think the people definitely made my study abroad experience most memorable. The other Ohio State students in the program are now great friends of mine, and my Chinese roommate and TAs made a lasting impression on me. They helped reinforce material that I learned in classes, as well as show me around China, take care of me if I needed to get to a certain kind of store, doctor, etc., and add to my overall experience. The key to learning any language is to force yourself to speak it as often as possible, so speaking Chinese with them had a huge impact on my learning."

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Rachael SaucedaRachael Sauceda, a senior in international studies, studied abroad in Peru during Summer 2011 through the Field School Program.

"Something unique about the program was it brought together students from across the United States, and I have made life long friends as a result. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I shared with people who have grown to be great friends. Visiting Machu Picchu has been one of the greatest experiences in my life, and to just learn about an ancient culture has changed my perspective on many things in the world. There was a vast amount of material covered and learning came so easily since we got to see the sites first hand and learn at the same time, It was a real hands on experience."

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Anna HayesAnna Hayes, a senior in English, studied abroad in Ecuador during Spring 2011 through the Elementary Spanish Language Program Quito Program.

"When we stayed in Otavalo, the Andean Indigenous Market, we were allotted the honor of getting to stay with Andean families in their own homes. Being able to experience the lives of the people we were studying about in our class first hand is an experience that I'll never forget. It's not everyday that you actually get to meet and interact the people you're studying about."

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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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