Jasmine Brown, Alumni Ambassador
1. If you learned another language while you were abroad, what tips and tricks can you offer future study abroad students?
The easiest way to pick up a language is to practice, practice, practice! A great tool to help would be to pick your favorite movie or show on Netflix and switch the subtitles and language over to the host language of the country you are in. For reading and writing, pick your favorite book and read it in the lanauge of your host country. Locals can help you practice, as well. Usually locals in bigger cities speak English and will switch to it to be polite. However, all you have to do is ask, and they are usually happy to switch back to their own language.
2. How has your study abroad experience shaped you today?
After study abroad, I am so much more open minded and motivated to do the things that I want to do. Before this experience, I always saw studying in a foreign country as an impossible luxury and dream. However, after a lot of research and planning, I found that it was very possible. This experience has made me realize that when it comes to achieving goals there is always a way. Study abroad has also helped me open my mind to a variety of lifestyles and ideologies. By taking the time to go abroad, my global business degree has been advanced into a world of possibilities.