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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.


 Hunter Roberts           Name: Hunter Roberts

Studied in: Rome, Italy

Program: Lorenzo de’Medici Institute (Athena)

Semester Abroad: Summer 2018

Major: Mechanical Engineering & Physics

Why should students study abroad?
Studying abroad was an amazing experience that introduced me to so many new experiences and cultures vastly different than our own. I learned so much while I was abroad and came home with a whole new appreciation for many of amenities that I was taking for granted every day.

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
Only pack the essentials that you will absolutely need. The more bags that you are carrying around makes traveling so much harder. Keeping bags light and as few as possible means you can get in and out of airports as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

What was your favorite place that you visited?
My favorite place was the Coliseum. It is such a historical structure that everyone recognizes and it was amazing to be able to see it in person and walk inside of it. Hearing the history and learning about the structure along with just gazing at the unbelievable size of the Coliseum was an incredible experience.

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
Make as many friends at your school as possible and go out and experience the city and country you are staying in as much as possible. The best experiences I had while I was abroad weren't necessarily even seeing the major tourist locations, but was spent walking around the city with all of the people I met while I was there.


 Michael Lay           Name: Michael Lay

Studied in: Paris, France

Program: ESCE

Semester Abroad: Summer 2018

Major: Marketing

Why should students study abroad?
Students should study abroad because it opens your eyes to a  new culture, to see how things are done in a different country. Being a business student, I had a general idea of how things are run in the U.S. However, I was shocked to see the French do the complete opposite and still do well. It also helps you respect the things you have at home.

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
Get your passport through the WSU Post Office. I ordered mine and got it about a week later (without priority shipping).

What was your favorite place that you visited?
The week before the course started I traveled to Berlin and I absolutely LOVED it. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, and the city is full of history. I also learned quickly that the Germans are friendlier toward Americans than the French. Everything in Germany was super cheap and don't get me started on the food. It was interesting seeing all of the WW2 stuff from the German's point of view also. This is a city I will definitely visit again.

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
Don't be intimidated by it at all. It will be one of the best experiences of your life. You will meet new people from around the world and build lifetime friendships. What better way to get college credit than travel around the world and see new things!


 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!


 Gonzalo Neira           Name: Gonzalo Antonio Neira-Maquilon

Studied in: Okayama, Japan

Program: Okayama University

Semester Abroad: Summer 2018

Major: Psychology & Anthropology

Why should students study abroad?
It is a perfect opportunity to take a leap outside of your comfort zone, meet amazing people from all over, learn about other rich cultures from around the world, make lifelong connections abroad, and maybe learn something about yourself along the way!

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
Learn about the people and culture/norms of the country you're visiting prior to your arrival there! The more that you know will aid in a smoother transition and will help you avoid awkward situations that might stick you in hot water.

What was your favorite place that you visited?
I have never been in awe by the scope of a city such as when I travelled to Tokyo. The life that surged through every single one of those streets gave me enough reason to want to go back as soon as possible with as many people as possible so they too can experience the electricity in that gorgeous city.

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
Try to appreciate every little moment you spend there either alone or with the friends and people that you meet in your host country. Not every day has to be a big adventure but make the best out of the time you have and you will not come back disappointed!


 Haley Kauffman           Name: Haley Kauffman

Studied in: Bilbao, Spain

Program: University of Deusto

Semester Abroad: Spring 2018

Major: Industrial Engineering

Why should students study abroad?
Study abroad is an excellent way to grow and become more independent. Not only do you get to experience new cultures and languages, but you will also make wonderful friends and discover a lot about yourself.

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
Plan ahead, but don't cram your travel schedule full of activities. If you have a week to travel and you try to visit four or five different cities in that time you won't be able to experience everything those cities have to offer in such a short amount of time. It is a much more valuable, not to mention less stressful, to take your time to enjoy the places you visit!

What was your favorite place that you visited?
I loved visiting Amsterdam! It is a beautiful city full of beautiful canals and some of the best apple pie I have ever tasted! I was lucky enough to be there during King's Day and it was extremely cool to experience the holiday like the locals!

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
You don't have to leave the city you are studying in to have a great experience! Explore where you are living: find the best local restaurant, discover that one cafe that you can go to relax with your favorite drink or pastry, play tourist for a day and visit the places your city is known for! Not only will you feel like a local when you talk about the city you studied in, but it also helps you feel more at home while you study abroad.


            Name: Courtney Mellinger

Studied in: Guadalajara, Mexico

Program: Tecnológico de Monterrey

Semester Abroad: Fall 2017

Major: Spanish 

Why should students study abroad?
Studying abroad is the perfect opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and explore a new country or culture that interests you. You will learn how to adapt to new and challenging situations, while making incredible memories and friends in the process.

Can you provide us with your best travel tip?
Always pack fewer clothes/shoes than you feel the urge to pack. Everyone told me this, but I didn't listen, and I ended up not even touching many of the clothes I brought. All of those clothes took up valuable space in my suitcase that I could have used to bring home more awesome souvenirs from Mexico!

What was your favorite place that you visited?
The most beautiful place I visited while in Mexico is a city called Guanajuato. I immediately fell in love with the winding streets, colorful buildings, and historic feel.

What advice do you have for other shockers who will study abroad?
Live with a host family if your program allows. If not, definitely make an extra effort to connect with the local people. It is all too easy to only hang out with other foreign students, but DON'T DO IT! Most of the local people will be more than happy to share all about their country with you!


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