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Student Travelogues

Caddying the Old Course at St Andrews
June 6, 2016

Stepping foot on the Old Course at St Andrews was an awe inspiring moment. This was not only the birthplace of golf but also of my future career.

Me getting up close to a Prickly Pear plant!
June 6, 2016

In just one week many closed-minded thoughts and misconceptions I had about Mexico were changed as I explored unfamiliar parts of the world and learn new lessons about the history, culture, and agriculture of Guanajuato, Mexico. I encourage all people to step out of their comfort zone and travel the world when given the opportunity to do so. It may be uncomfortable at times, but the sights and other first hand-experiences will leave a mark on your heart forever and fill your life with great stories to share.

The crater of the Poás Volcano in central Costa Rica, approximately 9,000 feet above sea level.
June 6, 2016

After traveling to Costa Rica and seeing how others live, I realized changes I can make in my own life to have a better impact in this world.

Taken from the edge of the Cliffs of Moher. (This isn’t as dangerous as it looks)
June 6, 2016

When I heard that there was a class that would allow me to travel and experience a different culture while simultaneously expanding my knowledge of agriculture, I knew that the opportunity was too good to pass up.

The sun begins to set as the greenhouse structure is completed in Zimba
May 31, 2016

One of the most rewarding things you can do is to step out and away from your personal world and travel to a place where you will taste new foods, see new sights, interact with new people, and explore new sides of yourself.

Enjoying the New Zealand countryside
May 25, 2016

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.

At the face of the Franz Josef Glacier
May 25, 2016

My experience in New Zealand is the first step in showing my aspiration to make a positive impact on the environment around the world.

Crawling through an Ice Cave on Franz Josef Glacier
May 25, 2016

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.

This is a picture from Lijjat Papad. Papad has to be sundried on tarps before the women sort them into stacks for packaging.
May 25, 2016

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.

Visiting Gerovasileiou Winery
May 25, 2016

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.

At the top of the White Tower, an iconic landmark in Thessaloniki
January 27, 2016

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.

January 27, 2016

The immaculate country of New Zealand provided a learning atmosphere through never ending adventures and exploration.

Me standing along the Nestos River Delta, which flows through Bulgaria and Greece, then meets the Aegean Sea
January 27, 2016

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.

Left-Me inside the Palazzo Reale, Right-Making Tortellini in Bologna
January 26, 2016

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.

The hygiene station after it was finally finished!
October 8, 2015

No longer is my travel what others can learn from me, but is about what I can learn from others.

CED499A at the CYEC
October 8, 2015

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.

Aceta Balsamic Vinegar. Thousands of gallons of Balsamic Vinegar stored in various sized casks.
October 7, 2015

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.

Visiting the coffee farm on top of the mountain.  Honduras never failed to provide gorgeous views!
January 16, 2015

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.