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Read Leah Norcross' Study Abroad Story

September 2012

Name: Leah Norcross
Hometown: Newton, Iowa
Major: Psychology, Occupational Therapy

What country or countries did you study abroad in? Carlow, Ireland

How long were you there? One semester

Why did you choose to study in that location? I chose Ireland because it seemed like a friendly place, it was close to many other countries that I wanted to visit, and it fit well with my program of study. 

What is your favorite memory? My favorite memory is becoming close with some Irish people that invited us to their beach house for the holiday weekend! It happened to be my birthday weekend as well. We road- tripped across the country and had a great time! 

How did your experience abroad impact you as a person? I would say that it taught me much more than I could read about in a book. I made some amazing friends and now have connections all across Europe. I grew up a ton by being away from home for that long. I was able to do some things I never dreamed of doing. I am also a lot more culturally aware and can't get enough of everything international. 

Do you have any advice to other students about studying abroad? I say, JUST DO IT...  For those of you who are going, just meet people. And do everything you want to do before time runs out! Enjoy!


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