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Michael Capilupi, Antarctica 2015Michael Capilupi, a senior studying electrical and computer engineering, traveled with the program, Antarctic: Human Impacts on a Fragile Environment, during winter break 2015.

“In one of my classes at Ohio State, we learned about living through a single story. What I took away from this is that if we don’t go out and explore for ourselves, we will never truly understand what exactly this world offers to us. That’s why I chose to study abroad, to learn from a different perspective.”

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Clayton Perry, Antarctica 2015Clayton Perry, a graduate student studying environmental economics, traveled during winter break 2015 with the program Antarctica: Human Impacts on a Fragile Environment.

“I think study abroad is an invaluable part of someone’s college experience. Removing yourself from America allows for reflection on the way our society works, and helps students critically analyze our systems by removing themselves and diving into another culture. One reason I found this study abroad so compelling is that, unlike other trips that take someone to another culture that they can learn from and contrast with her/his experience at home, this trip attempts to rip someone out of the whole global system by taking them to the only continent to never support human society.”

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Marisa Lally, a Buckeye abroadGraduate student in higher education and student affairs, Marisa Lally, studied abroad on three occasions during her undergraduate career. Lally traveled to Chile with the ISA Spanish Language Program, she studied in Ecuador with the Youth Leadership and Service-Learning program and went to Indonesia through the Critical Language Scholarship program.

“My experiences abroad defined my undergraduate career and allowed me to form lifelong connections across the globe. Although study abroad certainly presents the opportunity to see beautiful cultural sites, eat delicious food, and make new best friends, it’s most important contribution was my personal growth and greater understanding of me as a citizen of the world.”

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José Polanco sight-seeing from the London EyeJosé Alejandro Juan Diego Polanco studied abroad in May 2015 with the program, U.S., Europe and the Second World War - Intersections in 20th Century History.

“Studying Abroad was honestly the most rewarding and beneficial experience I could have as a college student. I was reluctant at first because of the difficult history curriculum that conflicted with my physician assistant course load, but the transition from my science classes to my history and European culture classes was seamless.”

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Mehak Arora in ChinaMehak Arora, a senior studying theatre and entrepreneurship, traveled abroad in 2015 with the China Global May program.

“I came back to school much more adaptable and relaxed knowing how privileged I am to be at this university. Seeing how much of a collectivistic society China is has inspired me to lean on my friends and family more and understand how we are more powerful together.”

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Claire Erickson at an Argentina cowboy showClaire Erickson, a sophomore studying neuroscience, traveled to Argentina on the study abroad program, Global “Hotspots” of the Early Modern World: Buenos Aires.

“Studying abroad not only helped me get on track to graduate a year early, but also develop as a global citizen. I was given the opportunity to practice the language I'm studying, understand the political structure of a country without a two-party system, and delve into the development of a city and why its's structured the way it is today.”

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Laurie Hamame overlooks the small town of San GimignanoLaurie Hamame, a junior studying journalism, traveled through a third-party provider, Arcadia University, on the program Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy to study Italilan and photography.

“I didn't know that by saying yes to something, I could be saying no to myself. This is probably why, when I thought about coming to a country where I'd learn the art of pleasure, I felt completely irresponsible, as if this trip was a self-indulgent luxury. When I realized that the only question at hand was, "How do I define pleasure?" and that I was truly in a country where people would permit me to explore that question freely, everything changed.”

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Matt Schneider at the equator in Kayabwe, Mpigi DistrictMatt Schneider, a sophomore studying geography, traveled abroad with the Global May Uganda program.

“I chose the Global May Uganda program because I thought it would be an experience out of the ordinary, and it was in the best way. Traveling to Uganda has given me a great frame of reference in my coursework and activities back in Ohio. It has inspired me to rethink what I want to spend my life doing.”

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Balpreet Kaur (right) with resident director, Salome Fouts, in Uganda, AfricaBalpreet Kaur, a fifth-year, studying neuroscience and international development studies, traveled abroad with the program, Global May Uganda.

“Studying abroad provided a much needed perspective to my college experience. It gave me a space to think critically and deeply about my own perceptions of the maladies that plague our world. It forced me to ask difficult questions and Uganda empowered me to look for solutions to the world’s most complicated problems of poverty, political instability, environmental damage and human security.”

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Sarah Lyons (right) during her study abroad in FranceJunior, Sarah Lyons, studying chemical engineering, traveled to Montpellier, France with the University of Minnesota Advanced French Summer Program.

“Studying abroad truly changed my college experience. Obviously, international experience looks good on any resume, but I also made some amazing friendships from my program. Because my program was organized through a Third Party Provider, the other students on my trip were from across the United States and around the world--in my dorms we had students from Brazil, Mexico, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Korea, Japan and more. Not only was I able to take in the French culture, but the friends that I made from around the world introduced me to all new ideas and experiences from their lives and cultures.”

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Annie Zhang (center) at an island off the coast of Lake Victoria, UgandaAnnie Zhang, a junior majoring in microbiology, studied abroad with the Global May Uganda program.

“My study abroad experience really opened my eyes to the many healthcare challenges countries face and the kinds of interdisciplinary approaches needed to address them. As I work to tackle health disparities in our own Columbus community and my future career, I hope to continue applying the lessons I learned in Uganda to create comprehensive health solutions that reflect the many social and cultural characteristics of a community.”

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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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