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More Open-Minded Towards the World

More Open-Minded Towards the World

Today's Student Spotlight is Samantha Kolb!

Major: Occupational Science
Class year: Sophomore
Hometown: Louisville, KY

1. Describe your Education Abroad program(s):
My Education Abroad program was through Cooperative Center for Study Abroad. CCSA makes traveling less stressful on the students while transportation is provided to help navigate the way around the new country. CCSA has many professors for different classes and administrators on duty at all times to help the students learn while also providing housing to all the students studying abroad.

2. Is this a good program for other students in your major?
CCSA is a wonderful program for Occupational Science students because it allowed for us to learn while traveling instead of just focusing on traveling. We were also able to compare a lot of science related things to that of America’s.

3. Was this your first time abroad?
Ireland 2017 summer abroad trip was my first time studying abroad and leaving the country.

4. How do you feel that you benefitted from studying abroad?
I benefited in many ways from studying abroad, but I think that the experience culturally and academically allowed me to be more open minded in the way the world is especially in the healthcare system that my class focused on.

5. How do you think this experience will impact your future plans?
This experience has impacted my future plans already because I definitely want to study abroad again if given the opportunity, and I also was more appreciative for the resources in the United States.

6. How did the experience differ from your expectations?
The experience was different from my expectations because I expected there to be more sitting in the classroom, but our classroom was all over the beautiful country and nature of Ireland.

7. What other countries have you traveled to?
The only country I have been to out of the United States is Ireland studying abroad. We also visited Belfast, U.K. while in Ireland.

8. Favorite thing about studying abroad?
My favorite thing about studying abroad is that I never knew what the next day was going to be like or what kinds of things I would see that would relate to what I was studying.

9. Suggestions for future students?
A suggestion I have for future students is to journal the whole time on the trip because it helps remind yourself of everything that has happened on the trip so far.

10. Anything you'd like to add?
Studying abroad has been my favorite experience in college so far, and I can’t thank EKU or CCSA enough for giving me the opportunity. The picture of the two other girls in the picture were girls that I became very close to throughout the trip and still keep in contact with.

Published on October 04, 2017

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