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Study Abroad Spotlight: Bria Nolan

June 2013

Name: Bria Nolan
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Major: Nursing
Where did you study abroad? I studied abroad in Carlow, Ireland.
How long were you there? I was there for one semester - which was not long enough!
Why did you choose to study in that location? I chose to study abroad in Ireland because it kept me on track with my Nursing program and allowed me to start my first Nursing class early. I have always wanted to travel to Ireland because I have family there as well.
What is your favorite memory? My favorite memory is hard to choose because of the numerous opportunities I had while abroad. If I had to choose, I think the best part was being able to go home with my Irish friends and learn about their culture first-hand. It was such a memorable experience and so much fun to see their home life!
How did your experience abroad impact you as a person? Studying abroad impacted me greatly as a person. I am much more confident and independent and I am more knowledgeable about other places than America. I grew so much as a person and I developed a love for traveling and learning about different cultures.
Do you have any advice to other students about studying abroad? My advice to other students about studying abroad is to DO IT! If you get the chance, it is honestly the most enriching experience you will ever have in life and the benefits are endless! If you choose to study abroad, my advice is to be open to all experiences and do not be afraid to put yourself out there.



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