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Study Abroad Profile: Summer McCracken

Summer McCracken abroad in BrazilProgram: Alpha Zeta Partners Study Abroad Program
Location: Brazil 
Rank: Junior 
Major: Agribusiness and Applied Economics; Agricultural Communication minor

"I chose the Brazil program because I wanted to do an extended study abroad experience. 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.

Summer McCracken (posing as the "H") in Brazil

Studying abroad was the best experience I have had at Ohio State thus far. It opened my eyes to more than just Ohio. I had never been out of the country prior to Brazil so it was mind-blowing to me. Through the study abroad program, I have met so many friends and broadened my network worldwide. The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences encourages study abroad to increase the well-roundedness of a student on both an educational and personal level. I now understand why they encourage study abroad experiences. Following Brazil, I then applied and was accepted into the Human and Animal Interactions Study Abroad to Ireland in December 2015. Alpha Zeta Partner's study abroad experience to Brazil inspired me to get out of my comfort zone more, and gave me a new goal of traveling to five different continents.

My favorite memory was traveling to the Iguazu Falls, which sits between Brazil and Argentina. I remember staring at Iguazu Falls in amazement. I knew then this was the most breathtaking and beautiful view in the entire world. After witnessing the falls, I fully understand why it is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Iguazu Falls looked like a backdrop in a photograph that even the most talented artist couldn't create. Peace and happiness fills everyone who is given the opportunity to view the falls. I am beyond blessed to have had the experience to witness it."