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Make it Happen

Make it Happen

Katie Wyant
Homeland Security & Spanish
Mt. Sterling, KY

1.) Is this a good program for other students in your major? 
SOL Education Abroad is a language learning program that places you with a host family for the duration of your program to encourage speaking in Spanish. Through the program you take classes every morning and some evenings you participate in cultural activities that not only grow your knowledge of the language, but also your appreciation of the culture.

2.) Was this your first time abroad?
Traveling to Costa Rica was not my first time abroad, but it was my first time studying abroad. Prior to studying abroad I had been to 14 countries.

3.) How do you feel that you benefitted from studying abroad?
Spanish is rapidly growing in the United States, so for a Homeland Security major knowing the language could be helpful in many aspects. From studying abroad I feel that I gained a stronger insight to international relations, specifically about Hispanic communities.

4. )How do you think this experience will impact your future plans?
This has encouraged me to combine my two majors, as well as my certificate in Intelligence Analysis, and focus on security issues within Hispanic cultures.

5.) How did the experience differ from your expectations?
The experience did not differ a lot from what I expected simply because I made a point to go in with little to no expectations. I feel like doing this allowed me to take everything in fully and completely.

6.) Favorite thing about studying abroad?
My two favorite parts about studying abroad was, by far, the friends I made and the extraordinary culture I was submerged in.

7.) Suggestions for future students?
For any future students considering studying abroad my main advice is to make it happen. Do what it takes to study abroad because you will not regret it. And when you go, be open to any and every experience presented to you.

Published on December 09, 2016

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