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 Name: Emily Neises

Studied in: Hamburg, Germany

Program: University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg

Semester Abroad: Spring 2017

Major: Communications

Why should students study abroad?
It really broadens your knowledge of other cultures and creates friendships across the globe.

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
Plan ahead! Use Ryan air/easy jet, flixbus is your best friend.

What was your favorite place that you visited?
Copenhagen, Denmark.

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
Do it!! Well worth the time and money. It really is an experience of a life time.


 Alana Do            Name: Alana Do

Studied in: Linz, Austria

Program: Johannes Kepler University (ISEP)

Semester Abroad: Spring 2018

Major: Industrial Engineering

Why should students study abroad?
Personally, I studied abroad because I was living at home and I wanted to experience the "real world" and be independent. It helped me grow as a person because I knew it was something I had to do in order to find myself.

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
Use Flixbus, Ryanair, Blablacar and regional trains to travel to other places. If traveling in a group, I found that Airbnb is cheapest and best for accommodation but I recommend booking a hostel for solo travel to meet other people.

What was your favorite place that you visited?
I can't decide between Chamonix, France or Palma De Mallorca, Spain because they're two totally different places!

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
Get out of your comfort zone and appreciate other people's cultures! Make the most out of your time abroad because no other experience is going to compare. Most importantly, make connections with other people. You'd be surprised by the similarities you'd find with someone else who may be from the opposite side of the world.


 Brandon Denoncourt           Name: Brandon Denoncourt

Studied in: Bayonne, France

Program: ESC Pau Business School

Semester Abroad: Summer 2019

Major: Business Management

Why should students study abroad?
Studying abroad gets you outside your comfort zone, lets you connect with people you would never have the chance of meeting. Immersing yourself in another culture is a great way to find out more about yourself.

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
Plan out trips in advance! If you plan them out at least a few weeks in advance you can find extremely cheap flights or busses to take. Overnight busses was one way I would save a lot of money while travelling!

What was your favorite place that you visited?
Rome, the history of the Colosseum and other parts of the city were so amazing to see in person. Also traveling and hiking in the Swiss Alps was an awesome experience.

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
Don’t worry about the money you’re spending. The experiences, friends, and memories you will make is so worth it. Traveling abroad while in school is much cheaper than in a few years when you have more commitments.


 Celese Arnold           Name: Celese Arnold

Studied in: Seoul, South Korea

Program: Ewha Womans University

Semester Abroad: Spring 2019

Major: Secondary English Education

Why should students study abroad?
You can explore other cultures.

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
Learn a bit about the country you wish to study at before you go. It helps make things like culture shock more bearable.

What was your favorite place that you visited?
I got to go to the Dream Concert in Seoul. It was amazing to see so many fans come together and cheer for their favorite singers.

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
Don't just stay holed up in your dorm or hostel or wherever you will stay. Look around and explore the country you're visiting. If you can, visit countries close to the one you're visiting. You can make so many new friends of all different cultures by traveling.


 Sandra Dang            Name: Sandra Dang

Studied in: Eichstätt, Germany

Program: Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (ISEP)

Semester Abroad: Spring 2018

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Why should students study abroad?
Students should study abroad to get out of their comfort zones and experience something completely new. There is so much to learn outside of your usual boundaries, but you will grow as a person in the best way.

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
Do some planning ahead so you can get the most out of your trip and stay hydrated.

What was your favorite place that you visited?
My favorite place I visited was Budapest, Hungary. It was super fascinating to see another way of life, try Hungarian foods, and visit cool and amazing places.

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
Stay positive and always have an optimistic view. Things will happen that might put you off, but you're only there for a short amount of time, so enjoy it. You'll have happier memories, and you won't regret anything. Go out as much as you can and be proud that you're out there!


 Morgan Cusick           Name: Morgan Cusick

Studied in: Bilbao, Spain

Program: Universidad de Deusto

Semester Abroad: Spring 2019

Major: Communications

Why should students study abroad?
So you can realize just how big the world is and how much you do not know!

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
Be aware of your surroundings and hold on to your belongings.

What was your favorite place that you visited?
Amsterdam, Netherlands

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
Spend each day like it's your last. You don't want to have any regrets or missed opportunities.


 Lydia Knapp           Name: Lydia Knapp

Studied in: Bayonne, France

Program: ESC Pau Business School

Semester Abroad: Summer 2019

Major: Accounting

Why should students study abroad?
Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity for students to travel while they are in school. Taking classes while exploring a new culture is eye opening. You develop a better understanding and appreciation for other cultures.

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
Bring a backpack for weekend trips. It is so handy to be able to carry around everything on your back. Also, push yourself out of your comfort zone every once in a while. Experience new things and take advantage of every moment.

What was your favorite place that you visited?
It's difficult to choose one. I loved the beach area we lived near. The Biarritz and Anglet beaches were beautiful and I will miss them so much. The beauty we beheld in the Swiss Mountains was beyond compare. Venice, Italy was so unique and riding in a gondola was one of the coolest experiences I had during the summer. Athens, Greece had the most serene beaches with crystal clear water. Dublin, Ireland had the most amazing food with the beautiful coastal area, Howth, right next to it.

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
Travel as much as possible while you are abroad, but also take time to enjoy the area you are studying in.


 Maribel Sanchez           Name: Maribel Sanchez

Studied in: The Netherlands

Program: The Hague University of Applied Studies

Semester Abroad: Summer 2019

Major: Management

Why should students study abroad?
It opens your eyes, ears, and heart to new people. It allows you to be in touch with who you are as a person and where you come from. It brings a level of maturity and independence you cannot obtain from anything else.

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
TALK TO THE LOCALS! Build connections, get off your phone, enjoy every minute of it.

What was your favorite place that you visited?
The Hague, Netherlands

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
Apply for scholarships & save up money from working, etc. You'll want to try as many local foods and activities that you can while you're there & unfortunately, a lot of fun and cool things cost money.


 Drew Edmiston           Name: Drew Edmiston

Studied in: Paris, France

Program: ESC Paris - Campus Paris Eiffel

Semester Abroad: Summer 2019

Major: French and International Studies

Why should students study abroad?
Studying abroad allows a student to develop an understanding of a global lifestyle. It lets them appreciate and begin to understand other cultures and customs that are different from their own. It also is a big confidence booster. If you can survive in another country for a period of time, you feel as if you can do anything. Every student should be able to say they did that.

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
Be confident. Google maps will be a life saver.

What was your favorite place that you visited?
The Shoah Museum and Montmartre

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
Be completely open. Try to assimilate and don’t judge. You are a guest in their country.


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