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SDState Global Ambassadors

Emily DeWaard
English and German
Mannheim, Germany

Emily DeWaard

  • Why did you decide to study abroad?
    • I wanted to learn about the language and culture I was studying by experiencing it and being able to travel and see new things. 
  • What were you nervous about?
    • The logistics of getting around and figuring things out on my own was daunting, but incredibly rewarding.
  • What was your favorite experience while abroad?
    • Taking a long, cheap and early bus for several hours to see a U.S. v. Germany soccer match. We made great friends, got some tickets for free, and had great seats to see the U.S. win. We got back really late after another long bus ride and it was so worth it.
  • What are some words of wisdom for students considering studying abroad?
    • Don't make excuses or worry about what could go wrong. You will create unforgettable memories, gain new perspectives, and learn so much. The only "downside" is that you will miss it and want to travel more. Just go.

Taylor Donnelly
Spanish & Nutrition and Food Sciences
Heredia, Costa Rica

Taylor Donnelly

 

Brittany Fischer
Global Studies & Sociology
Havana, Cuba

Brittany Fischer
  • Why did you decide to study abroad?
    • I decided to study abroad because I was interested in learning about a culture that was different from my own. I also wanted to improve my Spanish speaking skills.
  • What were you nervous about?
    • I wasn't sure what to expect in regards to taking classes or travelling around an unfamiliar country.
  • What was your favorite experience while abroad?
    • My favorite experience was living with my host family and hearing about the lives of Cubans. I enjoyed exploring Old Havana and seeing all the history that was there.
  • What are some words of wisdom for students considering studying abroad?
    • Be open minded going into your program. It's going to be a different setting and things may not always be in your comfort zone. Be safe, but be open to new things.  

 

Casey Gilman 
Hospitality Management 
Florence, Italy

Casey Gilman

 

Lynn Ymker
Nursing
Florence, Italy & Mumbai, India

Lynn Ymker
  • Why did you decide to study abroad?
    • I wanted to learn more about other cultures and because I wanted to be more confident in myself and gain independence. Traveling and seeing new places was a nice perk too!
  • What were you nervous about?
    • I was nervous about getting lost or just not having fun. I was nervous about being away from home, but that quickly went away because I was having so much fun.
  • What was your favorite experience while abroad?
    • My favorite experience was meeting new friends and being able to see new and exciting places.
  • What are some words of wisdom for students considering studying abroad?
    • Go outside of your comfort zone! Push your limits and you'll learn so much more. Go somewhere exotic where most students don't go to make your experience very unique.

 


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