Student Travelogues

Our guide, Armando and I at the final spot to see the mountains in Torres Del Paine National Park
June 21, 2018

"Upon hearing of the once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Patagonia, one of the most remote and untouched regions of the world, through a Natural Resources and Sustainability course offered through the Environmental Resource Management department within the College of Agricultural Sciences, I knew I had to find a way to make it a reality."

While visiting the Cliffs of Moher the group was able to explore the cliffs’ many walking paths, both the safe and more perilous, and many great photo opportunities abounded with the superb weather.
June 21, 2018

“What made this trip so perfect for myself was the fact that, as a new world traveler, taking a trip to a land which shares such a great deal of similarities with our own, made the transition far easier.”

Me in Algar do Carvão, a lava-less volcano on Terceira.
June 12, 2018

As part of this embedded course, I had the opportunity to visit two islands of the nine-island Azorean archipelago and the capital of Portugal. This trip was my first time abroad and I loved every minute of it.

Me—In front of the Capital of Toulouse, France
June 12, 2018

As I was close to entering my last semester as an undergraduate at Penn State University, I realized I was missing something; a study abroad experience.

Exploring Xunantunich helped us understand the history and traditions that helped form societies.
June 12, 2018

“The ability to connect with people through our similarities instead of dividing us because of our differences will be a lesson I can carry with me wherever I go.”

June 5, 2018

"Often times, you learn the most in places you expect the least from and that was what I took away from my time spent in Eastern Europe in the Czech Republic."

Hiking on Quail Island
February 16, 2018

"I cannot think of one instance on this trip where I was not awestruck by the beauty of the fauna, or overwhelmed by how welcoming the people we met were”

A small smooch
February 16, 2018

By Hinal Modasia (Agribusiness Management major, International Agriculture and Sociology minor) “Behind every smile there is a story.”

Myself posing with cacti at the cactus farm we visited!
February 16, 2018

By Hannah Imgrund (Animal Science - Business Option major, Agriculture Business Management and Agronomy minor) “Make each day… a story worth telling.”

A photo of myself at the Cactus Plantation!
February 16, 2018

By Haley England (Agriculture Sciences major, Agriculture Business Management and Agriculture Communication minor) "Step outside of your comfort zone and experience the world!"

February 16, 2018

By Kathryn Jordan (Physical Geography - Climatology Focus major International Agriculture, Earth Systems, & Climatology minor) “I learned about European and US Agriculture, got to explore the city of Paris, and make seven new friends while living in one of the most remarkable European cities. I will never forget the experiences I have made on this trip and am forever thankful to Penn State for this opportunity”

Group photo in front of the French Ambassador’s house
February 16, 2018

By Kathryn Dietrich (Food Science major, Nutritional Sciences minor) "The College of Agricultural Sciences provided me with a unique, educational experience during my time abroad, one that I will not forget!"

This photo depicts a sunset in Granada, Nicaragua with some of my best friends, after a day of studying the effect of tourism on local economies.
February 16, 2018

By Rosemary Nicholson (BioRenewable Systems—BioProducts option major) "Is sustainable development possible? How to bring sustainability home?"

The images above are outside the Louvre.
February 16, 2018

By Elke Hess (Immunology and Infectious Disease) "Paris lived up to every expectation, except for the wine and cheese. They were even better than I could have imagined."

The Great Wall, Beijing, China
February 8, 2018

By Stephanie Velez (Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences major) “I didn’t know anything about China, nor a single word of Mandarin, but instantly decided, this is rare, I’m doing this.”

Cutting out pieces from plastic bins and tires with other students to insure the valves on the biodigestor are air-tight.
February 8, 2018

By Haley Stauffer Major in BioRenewable Systems, Minors in International Agriculture and Spanish. "There are few things I cannot resist in my life and the country and people of Costa Rica is at the top of the list."

Sightseeing at the Great Wall of China
February 7, 2018

By Mary Ann Ostach Majoring in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and minoring in International Agriculture and Equine Science. “I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see a new country with a culture so different from my own while gaining research experience in veterinary medicine.”

Suturing a spay incision closed during the free spay/neuter clinic
June 1, 2017

Immersing myself in the learning environment of Belize allowed me to experience a new culture while learning about my own interests in veterinary medicine.

Peter planning some Calliandra and Leucaena for the cows
May 31, 2017

Traveling abroad and doing human development work is challenging and rewarding; listen to your inner self, listen to others, be open, be accepting, be understanding, but most of all, be able to comprehend that your actions are done with good intent and a pure heart.