Sure, I could have gone to New Zealand on my own, but choosing to go with Penn State as a study abroad course proved to be such a beneficial experience.
My experience in New Zealand is the first step in showing my aspiration to make a positive impact on the environment around the world.
I had the time of my life in the most amazing country with thirteen of my new best friends, learning about the subject that matters most to me.
The experience and knowledge offered through Food Science 499B, Agriculture and Food Systems of India, will certainly be a highlight of my college career and be an essential point in my career development.
I always thought study abroad was out of my league because I knew I did not want to fall behind in classes. Now that I completed this trip, it was probably one of the best decisions that I ever made.
What amazed me the most was how similar diagnostic techniques were performed even though we were over 10,000 miles from home.
To a potential employer I would describe this experience as ten days where I experienced a completely different culture, learned about a very unique agriculture system, and enhanced my teamwork and communication skills.
The immaculate country of New Zealand provided a learning atmosphere through never ending adventures and exploration.
Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself traveling the world. Not only have I learned about agriculture and the food system in Greece, but also many life lessons that will benefit me for years to come.
Traveling to Paris with the College of Agricultural Sciences was an unforgettable experience – and I can’t wait to go back!
I’ve left my heart in so many places.
Through this trip I gained a new home and a new family.
My worldview has also evolved a lot due to my time abroad, and I hope it continues to grow and evolve as I continue to experience new things.
I didn’t just travel to Iceland, I learned, I lived, I found my passion.
I will never forget about this trip because I got to meet so many amazing people. Many of them have affected the way I see things. I have learned the importance of learning more languages and also the importance of higher education.
No longer is my travel what others can learn from me, but is about what I can learn from others.
Nothing worth having comes easy
Traveling abroad to Australia…the experience of a lifetime.
I met many people working in Haiti and learned from everyone I worked with.
I keep going back because I want to a positive and driving force in the lives of the youth, just as they have been in mine.
The real beauty of Italy can only be appreciated by visiting my homeland, speaking with the locals, and experiencing the history by walking the streets and through the doors in buildings from long before the beginning of US history.
Janae is a Agriculture and Extension Education Major, with International Agriculture & Agribusiness Management Minors. Tell me the next time I, a small town farmer’s daughter, will ever have a chance to explore a coffee farm on top of a beautiful Honduran mountain? Or when a future agriculture educator like me will get the chance to wake up before the sun and milk cows with students across the globe and comparing milking practices.
Kaitlyn is a Community, Evironment, Development major. "Going to Kenya was a childhood dream, and I know I have now gained the confidence of taking on any challenge life brings my way through fulfilling this dream."
The knowledge and experience I gained during this summer has provided me with a solid base upon which to develop my future global health career.
Headfirst immersion into a completely unfamiliar environment showed me how complex the world is, how little I know about it, and how much more there is for me to learn.
This trip has once again uncovered my love for travel and has inspired a passion for a new kind of learning. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity, and I can’t wait to see where I go next.
From what I learned in this fieldwork experience I do feel that I have chosen the appropriate career path for me and I am excited to continue working in the developing world throughout my life.
This experience has not only taught me about another corner of the world, but also prepared me for life after graduation.
After this trip I realized that it is vital for me to continue my education and learn a second language.
This visit to France really impressed upon me the usefulness of knowing a second language, as well as the importance of making an effort to communicate with people in their native language.