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Working globally is what drives my career today. That is what I put on every cover letter for any job application. Studying abroad through Grand Valley was easily the best thing that I ever did, and all I can think about is going abroad again.
I had high expectations for my trip, but this experience in Ourense exceeded all of those expectations. I had an amazing host family, who I still keep in contact with. I was able to experience teaching in another culture.
The four months that I spent in Thailand were full of adventure, excitement, and so many opportunities to grow. Thailand challenged me to really step out of my comfort zone and it pushed me to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
During my study abroad experience, I traveled throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom for about six weeks. I participated in many excursions and studied both the Celtic and British cultures through literature.
Traveling across the world to student teach in a new continent, Australia, was a dream come true! I was able to learn about the education system, along with getting to know my students and experience their culture.
Last semester, fall 2015, I spent in Germany at a partner university. During my time there, I got to visit a few different countries and only stayed at my host university three weekends. I was able to have the experience of a lifetime.
This past summer, I spent six weeks in the Dominican Republic, with Professor Serrata.(The faculty-led program) I stayed with a host family in Santo Domingo, which is the capital of the DR, and my host mom was amazing!
Being able to study abroad in the UAE was the best experience ever. I come from an Arab family, but I never had the opportunity to actually visit the Middle East. When I decided I wanted to study abroad, I already knew exactly where I wanted to go: Dubai.
This summer was a series of excitement, challenges, exploration, enjoyment, failures, and victories.
My time abroad was incredible largely because of my incredible host family experience. My Spanish parents, Roberto and María Angeles, don't have children of their own, but host international students year round in their flat.