Study Abroad Team
Behind every great journey is a great guide
Countries visited: Mexico, Thailand, China and Hong Kong, New Zealand, Germany, Greece, France, Spain, Italy, and the Dominican Republic
What are the most important factors to consider when choosing a program?
A: Look for programs that focus on your professional and personal interests. Do not get stuck on a certain location! Be open to visiting countries you had never considered. Time is an important factor as well. The sooner you begin to plan, the better prepared you will be for handling the application process, finances, academics, amongst personal life commitments.
How can I get the most out of my study abroad experience?
A: Be flexible! Take every challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow. Bring your experiences back home! Whether it’s to your family and friends, share your knowledge with others on campus via Peer Mentor programs, or just casually amongst classmates. This will help you reflect on your experiences abroad and how they have contributed to your development.
How has the experience of studying abroad helped in your education and career?
A: Studying abroad has been key in my development as a person and professional. It prepared me to always be ready for the unexpected and taught me the importance of being flexible. I would not be in my current role if it had not been for my experiences abroad. My first study abroad program led me to a leadership opportunity as an undergraduate student, it gave me the chance to participate in research, which sparked my interest in grad school, this eventually led me to a Masters Program, and now here as part of the Study Abroad Team. It gave me the confidence I needed in order to get involved in opportunities that I would have never seen myself participate in.
Can you share a memorable experience from your studies abroad?
A: It was my first year at CSUF as a transfer student, I learned about the opportunity to go to Thailand and I clearly remember being so proud of myself for going through with the application process. Then feeling very nervous when it came time to explain to my parents what this experience meant to me. This was my first time over seas so every single thing was a treasured experience. In Thailand I took photos of everything! I woke up every day feeling super energized! I was so excited to learn about their rich culture and I never expected that so many things would remind me of my Mexican heritage. I returned home much more aware of my personal identity and values. At the end of the program I recall feeling very satisfied, full, and motivated to not only continue exploring the world but also to further develop myself as a person, professional, and student.
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