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Make the Best of Your Time There

Kirsten Hodge-Reid
Today's Student Spotlight is
Name: Kirsten Hodge-Reid
Major: Elementary Education
Class year: Senior
Hometown: Louisville, Ky
1. Describe your Education Abroad program(s):
Summer in Greece CISabroad was a great program. I attended session two which offered 3 classes. I took two. The program offered a lot of advice, support and preparation. Advisers and onsite advisers were available whenever, and would respond in an efficient amount of time. There were two excursions offered. A cooking class as well as an all day trip to Nafplio to attend the beach, go shopping in town and attend a play. The program offered a real chance to live life as an actual citizen and obtain independence. I was very satisfied with the program.
2. Is this a good program for other students in your major?
3. Was this your first time abroad? If not, what other countries have you traveled to?
4. How do you feel that you benefited from studying abroad?
I was able to see that the world is really bigger than what we imagine in our head. You always see other countries and cultures on television and read about them in books, articles etc. But, being in the presence in real life is completely different. I was able to see a whole other life different from mine such as how their government operates, what things are acceptable, communication as well as many other things. Some aspects also make you appreciate your home country more as well as some aspects that make you want to improve your home country. You also create a sense of understanding that you can bring back home because essentially you are the outcast going to a different country so it makes you look differently at how you view people back home. This is a few among many others.
5. How do you think this experience will impact your future plans?
One thing I noticed with interacting with many of the Greeks is that majority knows more than one language. English was mainly their second language and they were quite fluent, but there were others who would also know other languages. I found this unique because us Americans usually only know English with a bit of Spanish speaking that we remember from high school. I think it’s essential to know more than one language, even if it’s small words or phrases because you never know what communication situation you will be handed. SO, whenever I am in my future classroom, somehow I want to incorporate students learning other languages. Whether it’s having labels on things in other languages or something of that nature.
6. How did the experience differ from your expectations?
Going into this experience, I really didn't know what to expect so I didn't have any expectations.
8. Favorite thing about studying abroad?
How cheap everything was compared to American prices.
9. Suggestions for future students?
Make the best of your time there because once you're gone it feels like leaving a second home.

Published on December 02, 2019

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