We have all heard about the 21-year-old college student that comes back from their study
abroad a different person. They fully immersed themselves in the culture and traditions of another country and felt changed by their constant weekend travels. Here to tell you its completely true, but not for the reasons you think.
Continue reading “After this experience, I will truly have friends from every corner of the world, and that is so much more than traveling to London, Barcelona or Rome on a weekend.”
In the summer of 2018, I studied Japanese language in Japan for six weeks. At first I had very realistic expectations of my time there, mainly concerning feelings of loneliness and the inability to make friends. I had also never traveled abroad before let alone traveled on a plane, so I was equally stressed about that as well. However, when I arrived at the airport in Toronto where I would be taking a twelve hour flight to Tokyo, all I felt was calm. I was on a mission, a journey, and nothing and no one could stop me.
Continue reading “I was on a mission, a journey, and nothing and no one could stop me.”
I am only 20 years old and I was lucky enough to live in France for 5 months and immerse myself in a language that I’ve been in love with since I was 12 years old.
Continue reading “I would do this spring semester all over again…”
Study abroad in China provided me many invaluable experiences while giving me the opportunity to learn about an interesting culture. I participated in the program called Urban and Cultural Explorations in China in which we studied urbanization in five Chinese cities: Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Zhenjiang and Shanghai.
Continue reading “…every city has its own story to tell.”
One of my goals as a double major in Linguistics and Japanese was to study abroad before I graduate. Thanks to the IAAD Scholarship, I was able to participate in the Japanese Contemporary Art Animation and Beyond program this past summer.
Continue reading Studying Abroad in Japan: “One of the best things I’ve done at Binghamton University.”
This past July, I had the amazing opportunity to be able to study abroad as an undergraduate student. I participated in the Spanish Language and Culture Program that was based in Madrid, Spain for a course of 4 weeks led by a touring agency called FORSPRO. I participated in this program for two reasons: I have friends that have participated in the program before me and enjoyed it and it was a Binghamton-based program, so I liked that my grades would affect my GPA. Before I went abroad, I have no idea what I was getting myself into. I am the middle child of 5 and before I left, I have never traveled outside of the east coast of the United States. I remember when my grandmother and brother dropped me off at the airport and I was holding in all my emotions, pretending like I had it all together, when inside, I was truly mortified. I remember going through security at JFK Airport and the guards questioning my behavior, which I explained was because this was my first time leaving the country let alone by myself.
Continue reading Studying in Spain this past summer helped me achieve some of my personal goals. The trip showed me that I am capable of being more outgoing and to reach out of my comfort zone
My participation in the Malawi Service Learning program was a remarkable and unforgettable experience. Before embarking on this journey abroad I was an excited ball of nerves. I knew that this experience would make an impact on my life in ways I wasn’t yet aware of. During my time in Malawi I met many people that were simply put, incredible. They took the little resources they had and made the most of it. The participation in this particular program allowed me the opportunity to see the people of Malawi not through the eyes or interpretation of others, but for myself. I was able to interact, play, and share ideas with the young kids and adults involved with the Malawi ‘M’bwana’ Children’s Mission (MCM). This organization will continue to have a place in my heart and the people at MCM who are some of the driving force behind such a phenomenal mission will change lives forever. The children of the three villages who are involved with MCM are lucky, in my opinion, to have such a strong community raising them. My time in Malawi portrayed the physical depiction of the well known saying, “It takes a village to raise a child
Continue reading No one could’ve prepared me for how much I would fall in love with the children, adults, and country of Malawi.
Now that I’m in my final year of my undergraduate program at Binghamton University, everything is quickly becoming nostalgic and bittersweet; even though it’s only the first month of school. I’m finding myself trying to help and give back as much as I can, as fast as I can, from volunteering more to joining more clubs, to giving advice — so, so much advice. At just 20, I feel inexplicably old when I catch myself pouring advice to people who have just joined the clubs I’ve been in for years or are taking the classes I’ve taken, and the things I try desperately to pass on range from a variety of topics. Always bring a phone charger in your bag. Write down everything because chances are you’ll forget otherwise. You might think you can wake up for 8:30 classes with no problem just ‘cause you did it in high school, but trust me, you won’t.
All this aside, undoubtedly the one thing I advise anyone and everyone at this university to try is to study abroad.
Continue reading When you study abroad, you engage yourself in the global community by interacting with people who hold contrasting beliefs, ideals and dreams, and by doing this you learn more about just how diverse our world is but also just how alike we are
As a Human Development and History major, I was drawn to the Urban and Cultural Explorations trip in China. Travel abroad means a lot to me because, as a first generation Chinese-American, I have felt out of touch with my cultural roots and have a yearning to understand exactly what my cultural identity means to me. In China, I was able to grow my perspective of China and the world in an open minded manner. My experience in China encouraged exploration of personal ethnic identity. The experience enabled me to practice my Mandarin, learn more about Chinese cultures and urban explorations. During my stay, I visited Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Zhenjiang, and Shanghai.
Continue reading Travel abroad means a lot to me because, as a first generation Chinese-American, I have felt out of touch with my cultural roots and have a yearning to understand exactly what my cultural identity means to me.