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DePaul University

Madrid, Spain

Fall 2016

Anna Pazderska, Alumni Ambassador

1. How has your study abroad experience shaped you today?

Studying abroad has taught me to be more open to new opportunities and perspectives. Prior to going to Europe, I had mixed feelings about traveling on my own, and felt nervous about what to expect during my travels. An important and life changing lesson that I learned was to take risks and step out of my comfort zone. Sometimes my doubts or worries turned out to be the best decisions I’ve made, and made my experience worth it in the end. Seeing how far I could push myself was new, yet refreshing. Ultimately, experiencing a new culture, challenges, and traveling has made me more self-aware and taught me that I can gain a lot by taking chances.

2. What has your experience abroad taught you about the rest of the world?

My time in Spain has opened my eyes to a variety of people, who have so much knowledge and advice to share with others. Having great, meaningful conversations with people has shifted the way I think about the rest of the world. We are all searching for our passions and adventures, and getting different perspectives has convinced me that we should not be afraid to take chances. We learn a lot from others, and eventually the advice we take in leads us to grow on our own in the end.


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