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Student Reflections

Rebecca Zuck, University of Guanajuato, Mexico (CIEE), Spring 2010, Shinn Fund Awardee

"Studying abroad should be mandatory for all college students. Whether you're furthering studies within your major, learning a new language, or exploring a location completely unknown to you, the experience will challenge you in ways you never thought possible. Take a risk. Get out of Rhode Island and see how people are living and learning in another part of the world."

Laura Kostenblatt, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (Panrimo), January 2011

"My Mom always told me "Any opportunity that falls in your path to travel/study abroad, Take it!" I didn't for the longest time and now I can say "I did". I went to Argentina and I loved it. I didn't know anything about Argentina until I was there which gave me the opportunity to truly learn about the culture, customs, and country from the Argentines. If you don't have that Mom or person encouraging you to travel but you feel it in your gut to go, I recommend going with your gut because these opportunities only come once in a lifetime."

Shawn McNamee, URI Diving Intensive Field School, University of Rhode Island/ Bermuda Maritime Museum, Summer 2010

“The experience I had while studying abroad can compare to nothing else. It involved a complete immersion into the field of archeology. We were taught techniques and challenges involved with working underwater, and then in the same day saw them in action. It was amazing to be able to see and perform the practices used for underwater archeology, especially when your classroom is 40 feet deep, on the ocean’s floor. Studying abroad was one of the most exciting things I have done in my life, one that I will never forget or regret.”

Susan Estrella, Semester at Sea, Fall 2009
You can view Susan's reflection, Outside LinkThe $100 Solution - Learning about service in Ghana, on YouTube.

Scott Stetkiewicz, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Academic Year 2007-08

"Studying abroad was one of the most exciting and academically challenging endeavors I've ever undertaken. The cultural immersion I experienced is something you just can't understand until you settle into another country, and the specified nature of the archaeology program at the University of Edinburgh really elevated my interests and abilities as a student. I would encourage anyone who is considering studying abroad to do so."

Kayla Marino, Marist College/Scuola Lorenzo de' Medici (API), Florence, Italy, Fall 2008

"Study abroad is one experience that every student should have. I met so many cool people and made some great friendships. While I was there I traveled to three different countries; the places I saw were unforgettable. I learned new things about different cultures, the world, and myself that no class would have been able to teach me. I think about my trip every day and highly recommend it to all students."

Ben Streeter, University of Granada, Spain (API), Spring 2007, Shinn Fund Awardee

"Studying abroad is the most rewarding experience a college student can have.  It makes you recognize that there is more outside the United States; so much more.  It is an experience that matures a person and makes them feel more independent (that's what happens when you take a 4 hour flight to Germany then a 2 and 1/2 hour flight to Madrid only to find out that you still have a 6 hour bus ride to your final destination). As I lived in Granada, I was able to take what I learned in a Spanish history book … and make it become real… I advise any student to look into any form of studying abroad.  It makes you a life-long learner and helps you to appreciate other cultures that may seem strange at first, but as time goes on seem habitual by being immersed in the language, culture, and customs." 

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