Education Abroad Ambassadors

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Sydney O'Wesney

Class of 2019 | Major: Geography & Anthropology | Hometown: Louisville, OH

I studied abroad in Pune, India during Spring of 2018 and in Costa Rica during winter term 2017. I've known that I wanted to travel and study abroad since high school, and one of the major factors in choosing Miami was their emphasis on study abroad. I studied in Costa Rica during the January of my freshman year on a whim to learn Spanish with a host family, and it was a huge turning point in my life. As my first time out of the country, Costa Rica really taught me a lot, including how much I didn't know about the world. I knew for my full semester that I wanted to study somewhere in Asia as it's the continent I'm the most fascinated with, and I was really drawn to India for its explosion of culture and fascinating history. India is a very chaotic and confusing place, which helped me grow as a more independent and confident person. As part of my direct enrollment program, I was in classes with other Indian students, which really broadened my perspectives on the world by hearing their point of view. My program allowed me to fully immerse myself in everyday Indian life and culture and its something that I still reflect on and learn from every single day.

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Tessa Perry

Class of 2021 | Major: International Studies, Spanish, & Latin American Studies | Hometown: Delaware, OH

I studied abroad during the summer of 2018 with the Miami-in-Spain program and the spring semester of 2019 through a transfer credit program in Cuenca, Ecuador. I chose to study abroad to fulfill major requirements and take advantage of the opportunity to solidify my knowledge of Spanish. Spain was the first time I had been outside of the country and it was completely life-changing; I became a more independent, self-possessed person, and the growth in my Spanish language abilities I experienced was incredible and left me wanting more. The following year I spent a semester in Ecuador through a non-Miami program, which was an even more enriching experience. I chose Ecuador to continue my Spanish studies, experience a new region of the world, and see the amazing natural beauty of South America. I got to swim with sea turtles in the Galápagos, climb Machu Picchu, trek through the Amazon jungle, and through it all I learned even more about myself and what I want to do with my life. Study abroad truly changed my life and made me the person I am today, and I 100% recommend it to every single student.

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Lizzie Harden

Class of 2021 | Major: Political Science Minor: Entrepreneurship | Hometown: Dayton, OH

I studied abroad in Luxembourg the second semester of her sophomore year. While it may be cliche to say that studying abroad is life-changing, the four months I spent in Luxembourg ameliorated her existence in ways I never could have foreseen. Each of my days spent in Europe were filled with excitement and adventure. I got to live with a host family in the capital city of Luxembourg. I was exposed to so many different languages, cultures, and foods that I’d never had the opportunity to experience before studying abroad. Although I appreciated the times I had exploring various countries and getting lost in beautiful cities, I also appreciated the time I spent at the Chateau. The ‘Chateau’ (meaning ‘castle’ in French) is where I attended school each day. At the Chateau, there was always something new happening, there were always activities made for both the professors and the students, and there was this undeniable connection between every student on campus. I will always view my study abroad experience fondly. I am so excited to be an Education Abroad Ambassador this semester!

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Clare Quinn

Class of 2020 | Major: Psychology Minors: Marketing, & Political Science | Hometown: Denver, CO

During the Spring of 2018 I studied at Miami University’s Luxembourg campus, I then continued my stay in Luxembourg by participating in the Summer Internship Program. Living in Luxembourg was the best 7 months of my life. I was able to travel to over 20 countries and 45 cities and learn all about Luxembourg. This program was the perfect fit for me because I was able to receive Miami credit for my classes and have the chance to meet other Miami students, some of which I now consider my closest friends. I am so thankful to Miami for giving me this experience and will cherish it for the rest of my life!

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Connor Mallegg

Class of 2020 | Major: Engineering Minor: Business Economics | Hometown: Detroit, MI

I studied abroad during Spring of 2019 at Miami University's Luxembourg campus and I would not have traded it for the world. I always knew that I wanted to study abroad, and going to Luxembourg was the perfect opportunity because it gave me the chance to see so much of Europe in only one semester. I had never been to Europe before so I spent almost every weekend traveling and made it to 15 different countries, and after all of it ended up learning more outside the classroom than I did in class. I learned how to get around cities and countries I had never seen before in a foreign language, met so many incredibly interesting people, ate amazing food, and learned how to lean into change instead of shying away from it. I was definitely nervous about going, but looking back on it, I couldn't be happier that I did.

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Imani J. Fields

Class of 2019 | Major: Political Science | Hometown: Columbus, OH

I studied abroad in Chengdu, China in the spring of 2018 through the USAC program. After taking Chinese classes for a year I really wanted to supplement my learning by going to a place where I could use the language daily. I found a program that fit my schedule perfectly, in a city comparable in size to Beijing/Shanghai, but with a much deeper heritage and culture that I wanted to explore. I experienced the best 5 months of my life while abroad. I will never forget the connections I made, the knowledge I gained, the food I ate, and all of the moments that can never be replicated. Any student in any field can benefit from studying abroad: it sets you a part from the other people in your job applicant pool, you are able to apply the skills you have learned in a real world scenario, and you return to campus with a completely new outlook on life. This was the best decision I have ever made, and I am still reaping the benefits of it today.