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Read Lisa Kohl's Study Abroad Story

November 2012

lisa-kohlName: Lisa Kohl

Hometown: Davenport, IA

Major: English

What country or countries did you study abroad in? Ecuador

How long were you there? About a month

Why did you choose to study in that location? I was up for going anywhere because I love to travel to new places. I wanted to take the travel writing course that was being offered, and Ecuador [map]was where it was taking place.

What is your favorite memory? Just the moments where I was experiencing what day-to-day life was like for the people there, like going to the store with my host family. It's something we experience here, but it's amazing how something so simple can be so different in another country.

How did your experience abroad impact you as a person? I definitely feel more cultured than ever. Being away from my friends, family, and everything that was familiar to me definitely put me out of my comfort zone. I believe that my experience has made me a stronger and more independent person.

Do you have any advice to other students about studying abroad? Have an open mind, and be committed to taking full advantage of your experience. Not everyone gets the opportunity to study abroad, so make the best of it!


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