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Tara Ouillette's Experience

Name: Tara Ouillette
Major: Psychology
Program: Psychology Faculty Lead Nicaragua
Traveled Abroad Before: No

Q: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your study abroad experience?
A: Eye-opening. this is such an understatement, but it's the only word that comes close to describing the amazing experience.

Q: Why did you choose this destination?
A: It was a shorter trip, so I didn't have to take as much time off regular school time or from work. The area of psychology we studied was one I had never learned about before, and it just seemed like a great opportunity to make a difference.

Q: What are some things that surprised you about the campus, the classes, the culture, customs or traditions?
A: I would have to say that the poverty in Nicaragua was a lot worse and more extreme than anyone could ever imagine. It's one thing reading about it and hearing testimonies, but actually seeing it and experiencing it is a whole other thing. There were a few surprises with the culture, but nothing completely shocking.

Q: What are some things you would like students to know about studying abroad in this destination or the program provider you studied with?
A: Keep and open mind with this trip. It's such a short amount of time to see so many great things. Be prepared to be exhausted, but in a good and awesome way. Also, pack lightly!!

Q: What advice would you offer?
A: Again, keep an open mind with all things on a trip designed like this. being close-minded and stubborn will prevent you from taking in all the great things you wouldn't otherwise get to experience. Taste everything, touch anything you can, and take a lot of pictures!!

Q: What was your academic goal while studying abroad?
A: To broaden my horizons and expand my knowledge of both psychology as a topic, and of the world and different ways of life.

Question? Email Tara!

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