“I Urge You to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone”

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My name is Sylvie Yudin and I am a senior who is double majoring in Political Science, with a concentration in Global Affairs and Interactions, and Geography. I spent the spring semester of 2016 studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain through SUNY Oswego’s program with the Universitat de Barcelona.

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A Dream Come True!

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Studying abroad in Peru on a service learning trip was a dream come true for me! I was able to improve my Spanish, immerse myself in Peruvian culture and volunteer at three amazing non-governmental organizations. I formed bonds of a life time with people I may have never crossed paths with. My experiences abroad in Peru were one of a kind. It was an opportunity for me to live outside of my comfort zone, while learning about the history, values and traditions of Peruvian culture.

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Living at the End of Your Comfort Zone

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Neale Donald Walsch.  Many of us live our lives falsely believing that the world around us sets limits on what we are capable of and can achieve.  We have a tendency of fearing what lies beyond what we already know.  While confronting the unfamiliar can be intimidating, inviting the unknown into our lives often sets the stage for some of our most worthwhile experiences, and, more often than not, we find ourselves to be more capable than we think.

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Encountering a Different Level of Diversity in Chile

My trip to Chile was absolutely wonderful. The first day we took a tour of the whole city, going from the main plaza (Plaza de Armas) to Santa Lucia Hill where we got a beautiful view of all of Santiago.  It’s worth mentioning that Santiago itself has a beautiful view of the mountains surrounding it. At the forefront are the average “montañas” (that are still really big by the way) but behind them the mountains are so tall that they’re actually snowcapped, even in the summer. They actually have a different word for these snowcapped mountains, which is “sierra”. These mountains that you see from Santiago are actually the Andes mountain range, which runs all the way down Chile, and the view is supposedly even more beautiful in the winter when all the mountains are covered in snow. They’re also a great source of entertainment all year round since people frequently go mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

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Opportunities Come Through Adventuring Abroad!

Although my time working as the Marketing Intern at the Office of International Programs was short, I have done and learned a lot of different things this semester. What made me want to be a part of the office was my own study abroad experience. Having the time of my life half way across the world made me want to encourage other students to study abroad. In addition to my desire to work with students, I am also a marketing major, which made this position especially rewarding.

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What Study Abroad Students Should Know…

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Studying abroad is one of the most unique, gratifying, and daunting experiences you will experience in your college career. It is so much more than just relaxing on the beach and sipping cocktails at night (as long as you’re of drinking age, of course). Like most students, I did not expect much more of my time abroad and saw it as a means to escape the trials and trivialities of everyday life.

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