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Tara Johnson

Community, Environment, and Development Major; Spanish Minor who studied abroad in Brazil and Costa Rica.
Studying in Brazil

Studying in Brazil

I had the ‘travel bug’ since I was young—I’ve always wanted to see other cultures and meet different people. Penn State has so many programs in so many places—it was easy to find one for me! While perusing a degree program, I knew I wanted to incorporate my international interests in my education. I choose to become a Community, Environment, and Development major with the International Development option, and traveled to Brazil with an Agroecology embedded course. This program helped to form an educational foundation in my international interests. The program allowed international credits to count towards my degree.

Tara Johnson

As a member of the International Agriculture Club as an undergraduate at Penn State, we raised money to volunteer with Junquillal Pacific Leatherbacks Conservation Project in Costa Rica in August 2009. As a graduate student at the University of Kentucky, I advised a group of students studying in Nova Scotia and working on a race and discrimination project. As a teaching assistant I co-lead a group of 22 students to Prague, Czech Republic on an embedded program in 2015.

Tara Johnson

Studying abroad has allowed me to develop a passion into a career. After graduating from Penn State, I wanted to continue my education in international development and education, and was able to do so at the University of Kentucky, completing my Master of Science in Community and Leadership Development in 2015. Since graduating—I have been focused on helping other students learn more and participate in Education Abroad. Studying abroad was absolutely an asset to my college experience! If not just a great talking point in interviews, study abroad afforded me with a good set of skills unique to living in another country. For example, language immersion, adaptability, the ability to deal with ambiguity and the unknown. I currently work in the Global Programs Education Abroad office at Penn State to assist students with grade and credit transfers. I absolutely love working on a team that focuses on helping students to internationalize their education! Everyday poses new challenges and obstacles that are exciting to overcome in the workplace.

Tara Johnson

Make sure you are studying abroad for the right reasons– for you! There are many affordable programs all over the world! So get out of your comfort zone and consider non-traditional locations!

Tara Johnson