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Concordia University Nebraska

Prague, Czech Republic

Fall 2017

Annie Friesen, Alumni Ambassador

1. What was your favorite class abroad?

My favorite class was Travel Writing for many reasons. The professor was so enthusiastic about both the subject and Prague, which made learning enjoyable. We learned different styles of travel writing including feature stories, blogs, and guidebook entries, and we got to write about our adventures all over Prague and Europe. My professor loved Prague and wanted us to experience some of his favorite parts, so, every once in a while, he’d take us to a local pub for beer and a discussion. As a journalism major, I got to experiment with different types of writing which I’d never gotten to try before.

2. If you had 60 seconds to convince a friend that they should study abroad, what would you say? 

You only get this opportunity once. It’s one thing to travel the world for fun, but to live in a foreign country and immerse yourself in the culture through your classes is completely different. The city you decide to study abroad in will become your home away from home and a place you’ll always want to go back and visit. You will meet people from all over the world and make friends with Study Abroad students from all over America. School will be so different from any school you’ve ever gone to before, and you will love it. You’ll get to see the world, but you’ll also transform into a local as you explore your city. Don’t let fear, worry, or cost deter you from having this kind of experience. If you’re worried about the cost, apply for scholarships. There are a ton of them out there! Studying abroad will change your life, and I can promise that you will never regret it. Go out and see the world!


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