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Kelly Skillman overlooking Tokyo from more than 300 meters aboveKelly Skillman, a senior studying public health, traveled abroad with the program, Public Health Perspectives- Japan, during May 2015.

“This newfound sense of cultural competency will not only allow me to succeed in the field of public health where it is so important to be able to cater to the needs of all groups, no matter their cultural background, but it has also awakened my desires to learn an additional language and travel to other locations around the globe.”

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Lauren Jesch at the Sahara DesertJunior, Lauren Jesch, a political science major, traveled on the Global May Morocco program during May 2015.

“Studying abroad is incredibly beneficial to not only my college experience, but my life as a whole. You can only learn so much about other cultures, religions and places in a class or a textbook. Being completely immersed in another way of life is, in my opinion, the best way to discover another country. Of course study abroad programs look good on a resume, but I took away a lot from my time spent in Morocco.”

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Morgan Oates (H) and Buckeyes abroad in Costa RicaMorgan Oates, a junior studying linguistics and speech and hearing science, traveled to Costa Rica during summer 2015 with the ISA Spanish language and Latin American Literature program.

“This experience also had a tremendous impact on me personally. The independence that I took on in Costa Rica has carried over into my life at home. The philosophy of “pura vida” has stuck with me, as well. Costa Ricans use the phrase in many capacities, but it is essentially a reminder to live the “pure life,” to relax and appreciate all that life has to offer. At home now, I find myself thinking in that manner. I want to take advantage of everything I can, while not stressing about small things.”

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Logan Williams abroad in GermanyLogan Williams, a senior accounting major, is studying abroad in Germany during autumn 2015 at the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management.

“I think studying abroad has enriched my educational experience because it has allowed me to see how business students from around the world are educated. The school I attend enrolls students from all over Europe, and employs a style of learning different from the traditional style in America. Students are asked to think more creatively, in my opinion, through more engaging class work, such as case studies and reading discussions.”

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Roger Williams and students abroad in ChinaRoger Williams, associate professor of Forest Ecosystem Analysis & Management, served as resident director for the program Forest Research – China during May 2015.

“In some respects, the faculty members are not different from students. Just as students need to get out of their box of comfort, we faculty need to do this also. We can get into the proverbial rut, and lose perspective of our fields. While we can learn much and gain new knowledge from what we read, a lot more is understood and put into a better perspective if we experience new and different events in our fields. As part of a larger process to help students become better global citizens, faculty need to experience international travel and different cultures to gain a world perspective too. It is easier to impart knowledge regarding global citizenry if we have experienced it ourselves. To be a leader of a study abroad group helps faculty to learn more leadership skills.”

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Alexis Crockett, a Buckeye abroad, in MoroccoAlexis Crockett, a senior studying neuroscience and psychology, traveled abroad during summer 2015 with the program, Global May Morocco.

“I wanted a program that would force me outside of my comfort zone, and I wanted to go to a place that I would probably never have the opportunity to go to again. I decided to go on the program, Global May Morocco, because I wanted to combat racism and Islamophobia with firsthand experience.”

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Brianna VanNoy abroad in JapanBrianna VanNoy, a senior environmental public health major, traveled to Japan during May 2015 with the Public Health Perspectives- Japan study abroad.

“Studying abroad has made me a better college student and better global citizen. I returned to campus with a fresh perspective, particularly concerning international students and international affairs. Learning to communicate with Japanese citizens without the use of words really fostered self-awareness and non-verbal communication skills.”

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Rachel Dailey at Running Tiger SpringRachel Dailey, a junior Chinese and international studies major, studied abroad during the 2015 summer with the program, Shanghai 1750 – 2050 History, Culture and Language.

“I feel that this enhanced my undergraduate experience as it gave me a new perspective in which to look at China, and specifically Shanghai, through. Not only was I able to experience the culture and society of Shanghai, but I was also able to directly apply it to my Chinese major by using my language skills and learning about Shanghai’s importance to the world economy. This course enriched my academic experience by opening my eyes to the history of Shanghai. The history classes on the trip taught me how important Shanghai is as a city to the country of China, as well as its importance to the world.”

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Salome Fouts (RD) with student Devin Hill in UgandaSalome Fouts, Department of African American and African Studies senior lecturer and assistant African languages director, served as resident director for the study abroad program, Global May Uganda.

“Uganda is a beautiful country with warm hospitable peoples. It is also the country of my birth that I enjoy visiting. When I was asked by the Office of International Affairs to lead the Global May Uganda program, I jumped at the opportunity. My take is that when someone really loves and enjoys something, the pleasure is amplified by sharing it with others.”

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Alex Baker abroad in GhanaAlexandra Baker, a junior studying public health, traveled to Ghana with The Akumanyi Foundation during summer 2015.

"Travelling to Ghana really opened my eyes to a new culture and lifestyle. Even after travelling through Peru, I was shocked at the difference in the standard of living between these two countries and the United States. There are many things that we take for granted and let go to waste. The Ghanaian children taught me more than I probably could have ever taught them."

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rin Walker traveled abroad to Ghana with The Akumanyi FoundationErin Walker, a junior majoring in health sciences, traveled to Africa during summer 2015 to volunteer with The Akumanyi Foundation.

"My experience abroad is definitely one of the highlights of my undergraduate experience at Ohio State. I feel that it allowed me to become a global citizen, which is an important aspect of college education. The main takeaway I have from the trip, however, is that it guided me in my decision of pursuing global public health after graduation."

 

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Meghna Gautam abroad in FranceMeghna Gautam, a junior majoring in psychology and French, was a Buckeye abroad summer 2015 in France as she participated in the IES Summer Program in Paris.

“It’s difficult to narrow down what my favorite experience was because the entire program was great in itself, but I’m so glad I was able to discover the magic of the city for an extended period of time. It is an opportunity that I’m so lucky to have received, and an experience that I would live over and over again if possible.”

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Chloé stands in the Nile RiverChloé Williams, a senior studying health science, traveled to Uganda during May 2015 with the Global May Uganda program.

“Studying abroad benefited my college experience by piquing my interest for international students and international affairs here at Ohio State.Since my study abroad experience I’ve started working at the Office of International Affairs, I've become the student representative for The International Travel Policy Committee here on campus, and I’ve gotten to know incredible international students through OIA events.”

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Karen Hutzel, resident director, with students in JamaicaKaren Hutzel, associate professor in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, served as resident director for the study abroad program, Exploring Jamaican Arts and Culture.

“My students claimed to have learned as much about themselves as they did about Jamaican culture. They encountered their own stereotypes of Jamaica and faced race head-on from a different perspective than they are used to in the United States. We were able to have open, honest dialogue about racial and cultural issues. They learned that Jamaican art isn’t the “craft” they thought it was, based on tourist experiences.”

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Summer McCracken (posing as the "H") in BrazilSummer McCracken, a member of Alpha Zeta Partners and a junior studying agribusiness and applied economics, traveled to Brazil for six weeks to participate in an Alpha Zeta Partners study abroad.

“During my freshman year, I was introduced to the agricultural honorary fraternity, Alpha Zeta Partners. AZP's pillars are leadership, scholarship, fellowship and service. Through this elite organization, one of the four seminars that students attend is the Brazil study abroad program. Brazil is a six week program which allowed me to fully understand Brazilian culture, agriculture and history. Brazil is one of the emerging leaders in international agriculture. Therefore, it is important to understand the strengths and weaknesses in their agricultural industry so we can learn from it.”

 

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