Hear from Shocker NSE students

See what Wichita State students have to say about their NSE experiences. 

Ashlin Bohl – University of Montevallo, Alabama

Major: Marketing

Minor: Communications

School: University of Montevallo in Alabama

Semester(s) participated in exchange: Fall 2015

Why did you want to go on exchange?
I've always been fascinated by the culture of the south. NSE provided an opportunity for me to experience it first hand while continuing my education.

What did you learn / gain from going on exchange?
I went to a place I'd never been before. A place where I didn't know a single person. There are amazing people everywhere, and I gained some amazing lifelong friendships.

Anything additional to add?
I love traveling, adventure and meeting new people. NSE has given me the opportunity to do all three. It has been such an exciting experience.

Madison Carpenter – California State University, San Bernardino

Major: Human Resource Management

School: California State University, San Bernardino

Semester(s) participated in exchange: Spring 2015

Why did you want to go on exchange? 
I wanted to experience a city other than the one I had lived in for 20 years.

What did you learn / gain from going on exchange?
I learned how to take care of myself and be more independent.

Anything additional to add? 
Even if you're not very outgoing, try to get out of your comfort zone. Otherwise, you may find yourself alone a lot since you likely won't know that many people there.

Jonathan Dennill – William Paterson University of New Jersey

Major: Communication – Broadcast Journalism

NSE Semester(s): Spring 2014

NSE School: William Paterson University of New Jersey

Why did you go on exchange?
To take film and television production classes that weren't offered at WSU, and to live near New York City!

What did you learn / gain from going on exchange?
I learned $1 pizza in NYC is delicious, New Jerseyians have someone at every gas station whose job is to pump the gas for people, and everyone on the East Coast orders burrito bowls instead of burritos at Chipotle.

I gained a lot of perspective about life and living in the moment. In the past, there have been too many times where I was too focused on the small details instead of enjoying the big picture of life. I learned how to not worry about the things in my life that I can't control. I became a better leader from going on exchange.

Anything additional to add?
Any opportunity in life that involves traveling is the one worth taking.

Also, going on exchange is like starting another freshman year of college. Make sure you have a copy of your medical and immunization records with you, meet with an advisor before you leave, and just remember that this experience is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Caitlin Lee – University of North Texas

Major: Elementary Education

School: University of North Texas

Semester(s) participated in exchange: Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Why did you want to go on exchange?
To gain a traditional college experience close to a large metropolitan area.

What did you learn / gain from going on exchange?
I learned that the friendships I made in Texas are lifetime, I have options to teach and live outside of Kansas and my opportunities are endless.

Anything additional to add?
If you're thinking about NSE--DO IT! It was one of the best decisions I ever made!

Nicholas Steffes – California State University, San Bernardino

Major: International Business

NSE Semester(s): Fall 2013

NSE School: California State University, San Bernardino

Why did you want to go on exchange?
I wanted to explore the west coast and experience what California is like. I also wanted to learn how to surf.

What did you learn/gain from going on exchange?
I learned that Wichita and California both have very unique cultures. They are both great in their own ways.

Anything additional to add?
Going on the trip helped me to be more confident in myself, and it helped me figure out who I am.

Chelsea Kaiser – University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix

Major: Marketing and Management

Minor: Accounting

School you exchanged to: University of the Virgin Islands, St.Croix

Semester(s) participated in exchange: Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

Why did you want to go on exchange?
I have always wanted to study abroad or do National Student Exchange since I was in high school. I love to travel and wanted to try something new.

What did you learn / gain from going on exchange?
It’s a once in a lifetime experience and one that I will never forget. I learned so much about myself and was able to experience cultural differences and how different their culture is even though it is a U.S. Territory.

Anything additional to add?
If you have the opportunity to do National Student Exchange then do it! You will not regret your decision as you are able to travel, learn and create lifelong friends.

Lara Brockway – University of New Mexico

Major: Marketing

Minor: Communications

School: University of New Mexico

Semester(s) participated in exchange: Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

Why did you want to go on exchange?
I had never lived out of the state of Kansas before. I wanted to know what it was like to live in a completely different area of the country (the Southwest) at a school almost double the size of WSU.

What did you learn / gain from going on exchange?
I learned how to ski and I gained lots of friends from all over the country and world. I planned my first road trip and hiking 10 miles every weekend was a pretty regular occurrence.

Anything additional to add?
If there is any part of you that wants to try NSE, do it. You will never regret the choice to grow and you will never be the same person again.

 Gallery 

 
  • Caitlin Lee poses with other students in front of their NSE banner project. Lee studied at the University of North Texas through National Student Exchange.
  • Chelsea Kaiser swimming with friends. Kaiser studied at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix through National Student Exchange.
  • Chelsea Kaiser snapped this photo of the St. Croix sunset. Kaiser studied at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix through National Student Exchange.
  • Nicholas Steffes snorkeling underwater. Steffes studied at California State University, San Bernardino through National Student Exchange.
  • Chelsea Kaiser sailing with a group of friends. Kaiser studied at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix through National Student Exchange.
  • Nicholas Steffes with a group of kayaking friends. Steffes studied at California State University, San Bernardino through National Student Exchange.
  • Jonathan Dennill visits New York City when he studied at William Paterson University of New Jersey through National Student Exchange
  • Lara Brockway with friends at the White Sands National Monument. Brockway studied at the University of New Mexico through National Student Exchange.
  • Ashlin Bohl attends a University of Alabama football game. Bohl studied at the University of Montevallo through National Student Exchange.
  • Jonathan Dennill poses with the skyline while riding the ferry into New York City. Dennill studied at William Paterson University of New Jersey through National Student Exchange
  • Lara Brockway poses with the Welcome to New Mexico sign. Brockway studied at the University of New Mexico through National Student Exchange.
  • Caitlin Lee attends a UNT football game with a friend. Lee studied at the University of North Texas through National Student Exchange.
  • Madison Carpenter hikes with a friend. Carpenter studied at California State University, San Bernardino through National Student Exchange.