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Jenny Wise, a Buckeye abroad in SpainJenny Wise, a junior Buckeye abroad studying strategic communication, traveled to Madrid, Spain as part of the Spain Global May: Madrid in the World, the World in Madrid program.

“I think that studying abroad allowed me to not only observe another culture, but gain some perspective on how my own culture fits into the world. When you come back from an adventure like that nothing is ever the same as you left it! It has made me realize that the world is there for the taking.”

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Elizabeth Dudek during the Global May Hungary experienceElizabeth Dudek, a junior majoring in accounting, traveled to Austria, Hungary and Poland with the Global May Hungary 2015 program.

“Learning about the rich history and cultures of these countries from locals themselves made the information relatable and exciting because they were able to share their own personal experiences and stories. Then to top it all off, our learning was accompanied by walking tours of the city so we could visit monuments, memorials and museums that brought the history to life. Now, I cannot wait to travel the world so I can make more unforgettable experiences that will shape me into the world traveler that I want to become.”

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Maria Martin checking a patient's blood glucose at the Honduras clinicsMaria Martin, a second-year medical student in the College of Medicine, traveled to El Progreso, Honduras to participate in PODEMOS Medical Brigade.

“I have always looked for ways to become involved in global health. As a high school student, I spent my summers volunteering in Latin America. In college, I majored in international health. Now, as a medical student, my natural inclination was to find an organization that would allow me to stay involved in global health. The PODEMOS Medical Brigade gave me the opportunity to practice the skills I have learned in medical school and work towards improved community health abroad.”

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Buckeye abroad, Gabrielle Lyle at Visegrád CastleGabrielle Lyle, a second-year international studies major, participated in the Global May Hungary 2015 study abroad experience.

“Global May Hungary truly enriched my Ohio State experience. It allowed me to meet 25 amazing people from all different kinds of backgrounds who I may not have met if it were not for the program. Most of us did not really know each other before the program, but we grew to be like a family. I believe that I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and for that I am truly grateful. Studying abroad also helped my confidence grow. I have been coming out of my shell a lot since I started at Ohio State, but I made an exceptional amount of personal growth during my month abroad.”

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Jason Galo (left) in his daily medical apparel while in HondurasBuckeye abroad, Jason Galo, a graduate student studying in the College of Medicine, traveled to El Progreso, Honduras with the program, PODEMOS Medical Brigade.

“I chose the PODEMOS program because I knew that it would be a great experience for me as a second year medical student to practice my skills in medicine including physical exam skills, as well as practicing medical reasoning to arrive at a differential diagnosis. I also chose this program because it gave me the opportunity to help Honduras, and specifically the people who live 20 minutes away from where I grew up. I spent the first 18 years of my life in El Progreso, Honduras, and PODEMOS gave me the opportunity to come back to where I grew up and spend a week traveling to rural villages around El Progreso, to learn and to help the people there."

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Kaz Bogielski at a Hungarian cafe abroadKaz Bogielski, a third year studying public affairs, studied abroad with the program, Global May Hungary 2015 and traveled to Budapest, Warsaw and Vienna.

“Studying abroad helps a student grow in a number of ways. For me, being someone who did not speak the language of the country, I now feel the culture of Hungary has become a part of me. Its food, architecture and arts have been so impressed in my memory I no longer feel as if I was just an American studying abroad, but someone who transcended mere tourist status to begin a grander pursuit, to become a global citizen. I hold a strong belief that traveling is learning, an activity the more one performs, the more it becomes a needed prerequisite for deeper understanding.

My study abroad experience has certainly increased my appetite for a career with an international scope. My experience has reduced any doubt I can comfortably live and flourish in a city outside my comfort zone. Not only that, I've made quite a few friends in those peers also growing and further discovering themselves on our journey there. They, along with everything I learned about myself, Budapest, Hungary, and Central Europe, have been integral in the growth I've made studying abroad.”

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Buckeye abroad, Johann Dorado, overlooks HungaryThird year, Johann Dorado, a history major, traveled abroad with the Global May Hungary 2015 program.

“It was a new and exciting challenge to live a month in a fairly large city with a group of people who are on the same boat as me, wandering and exploring a culture that seems so familiar due to modernity. It may have been hard at times trying to understand the city while trying to be ourselves, but to be honest it was probably during those times when we bonded the most.”

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Sunder Sai in Budapest, HungaryBuckeye abroad, Sunder Sai, a sophomore studying neuroscience, traveled with the Global May Hungary 2015 program, and pursued further travels to the Czech Republic, Germany and Spain.

"By visiting other countries beyond Hungary like Austria, Poland and Romania, I discovered that I am deeply interested in communist history and European politics. I am now reconsidering my career path and will be pursuing a minor in either International Relations or Slavic and East European studies. I have also decided to take an Eastern European Politics summer class at Ohio State to continue learning about the places I visited. By studying abroad after my first year at Ohio State I made life long memories that changed my college experience and the way I look at the world today."

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Monica takes in the view of VisegrádSenior, Monica Davidovic, studying political science an Slavic and Eastern European studies, studied abroad with the Global May Hungary 2015 program.

"Studying abroad was nothing short of exactly what every college student should experience in order to truly get the full college experience. Studying abroad opens up a student in so many ways that are not just limited to education. I not only got to learn about the history of these incredible, historical cities first hand from professors that are native to the region, but we also got to go out beyond the classroom and explore the monuments and cites where those historical events occurred."

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Anna Eversole in HungaryAnna Eversole, a freshman majoring in early childhood education, traveled to Budapest, Warsaw and Vienna with the Global May Hungary 2015 program.

“I couldn't be happier that I had the chance to study abroad right after my first year. I met so many people that I will now be able to recognize when walking on campus and I will have more people to hang out with when I get back in the fall. This trip helped me realize how much I do love to learn and how much I appreciate the chances I have to learn when the pressure isn't so high and the information I am learning is relevant. The deeper I get into my major, I think I will enjoy it for this reason because I will start to really grasp onto the information I am learning since I will need it in my job. I definitely hope to study abroad again during my college years.”

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Buckeye abroad, Mark Koenig, in UgandaFifth year senior, Mark Koenig, studying international studies, traveled to Uganda, Africa with the Global May Uganda 2015 program.

"Studying abroad allows a person to get out of their comfort zone, explore beyond their mental and physical boundaries and gives them the opportunity to see a completely different world. When you leave home, you leave the comforts and shelters behind. You are exposed to everything that was once just an imagination. I had never been to any country in Africa, therefore it was just a thought in my mind. Studying abroad allowed me to plant my own two feet on new grounds and opened my mind to a world unknown to me."

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Ryan Fisher abroad in IndiaRyan Fisher, a senior public health major, studied abroad May 2015 with the program, Public Health Perspectives: India.

"I got to meet twenty amazing students as we bonded throughout the course. I was able to take a global public health class with an Indian focus by traveling to over ten different field sites to learn real-world applications of public health systems in a developing country."

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Kamaria Thomas enjoying UgandaKamaria Thomas, a sophomore exploratory major, traveled to Uganda May 2015 to participate in the Global May Uganda experience.

"I chose the Global May Uganda program mainly because I had a strong interest to go to Africa in my lifetime. Also, I thought that learning more about human development would be interesting, as well as help expand my worldview. I think that it allowed me to expand my horizons, and really helped me grow as a person."

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Liz Feldman at the Equator in UgandaLiz Feldman, a sophomore public health major, studied abroad during May session 2015 with the Global May Uganda program.

“It isn't every day you get the chance to travel to Africa. When I told people I would be traveling to Uganda, they assumed I was going on a mission trip. Sure, the roads and infrastructure aren't great, there isn't air conditioning and the water isn't safe to drink, but Uganda isn't a country that needs saving. As we studied development and human security, we really got the chance to see how developing countries, specifically Uganda, have the chance to improve, but also at how far they have come already.”

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Maya Prabhu (far right) abroad in IndiaMaya Prabhu, a third year studying neuroscience, traveled abroad during May semester on the program with the College of Public Health, Public Health Perspectives: India.

"Studying abroad this past May was one of the most meaningful and life changing experiences. We studied at Manipal University, a well-known international institution, centered in Manipal, a lively costal college town in Southern India. Manipal is special to me because it is the town (and university) that my maternal great-grandfather (Dr. T.M.A. Pai) founded. My grandfather was even among the first graduating class of Katsurba Medical College! While I have been back to Manipal several times before, this time I returned as a student. In doing so, I was able to experience my great-grandfather’s legacy and his vision for education and equality."

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