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Read Megan Theisen's Study Abroad Story

September 2012

meganName: Megan Theisen
Hometown: Dubuque, IA
Major: Exercise Science/ Physical Therapy
What country or countries did you study abroad in? France – Chamonix, Annecy and Paris. (In the photo at left, Megan is standing on the border of France and Switzerland.)
How long were you there? 3 weeks – short term faculty-led program with Kirk Kelley
Why did you choose to study in that location? I've always wanted to go to Paris, and Kirk Kelley and Amy Blair are awesome teachers and they were leading the program. I also wanted to try a short term program over the summer to see if I would like studying abroad for a whole semester.
What is your favorite memory? SOO many amazing memories, but watching fireworks go off behind the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day while doing the YMCA with millions of people had to be one of the many highlights from the trip.
How did your experience abroad impact you as a person? I learned a lot about myself and learned to appreciate America more as well as other gain respect for other cultures. It was a huge eye opening experience. I want to travel and see as much of the world as I can now. 
Do you have any advice to other students about studying abroad? DO IT! You won't regret it and it's an experience you will never forget. Now is the best time.


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