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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Fantastic Land, Fantastic Chile!

Study abroad in Chile was the most unforgettable experience in my life! This winter study abroad (Chile: Doing Business in Emerging Markets) provided me with a lot of hands-on experiences in different business fields, in which I was much interested in learning. By taking classes with Chilean students, we, Binghamton students, were able to learn about the Chilean culture more holistically. Also, meeting with local business professionals allowed us to have various discussions with them in different subjects – from politics and economy to business in Chile.

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After Studying Abroad, I No Longer Hate Change

Studying abroad was something that I always wanted to do, but never thought I would have the opportunity to do. I was on a fast track to graduating college early, considering I would have to complete more school afterwards. Additionally, my rather conservative mother told me that she would never let me go out of the country. The odds seemed against studying abroad. However, I did make it work. This past summer, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain for four weeks through Binghamton University. My experience in Madrid helped me to fulfill my goal of graduating early as well as my goal to studying abroad.

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