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Asyria Geegan

Year in school: Junior

Major: Finance

Minor: Operations Management and Informational Systems (OMIS)


Working hours: Monday, Thursday: 9-10 a.m. and Tuesday: 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Study abroad program: AIFS; San Jose, Costa Rica spring 2018

Other countries you visited: Nicaragua

I decided to study abroad because I wanted to experience something new and different than what I grew up with. My family never traveled much and I finally had an opportunity that allowed me to continue my academics while bring able to travel for an entire 13 weeks.

Ithink it is important to study abroad because it allows you to have more of an open mind in your everyday life. No doubt the places you visit, you will notice differences compared to your home state in the US. Embracing these differences can alter your outlook on life and even quite possibly change the path you are pursing in life.

Don't be nervous to take a chance and step out of your comfort zone. The program you choose, the faculty, and the people you meet are all resources specifically for you while abroad.

My favorite excursion while abroad was visiting an area called Arenal in the mountains of Costa Rica. Here we were able to visit natural hot springs, swim in a gorgeous waterfall in the jungle, and zip line on Latin America's longest zip lining course. I was also able to do a free jump in the jungle as well!

Alexis Ramos

Year in school: Senior

Major: Marketing and Management


Working hours: Thursday 1-4:30 p.m. and Friday 1:30-3 p.m.

Study abroad program: AGILD/Human Connections - Mexicoa

Other countries you visited: None

I decided to study abroad because I felt like it was a great opportunity to travel and study at the same time. It's something I think most college students have not taken enough advantage of.

It's important because it is such an eye opening and humbling experience. I think you learn more about yourself, than you would have by staying at home. It is a great networking opportunity and can really open the door for employment abroad upon graduation.

Plan ahead of time, save money for your time abroad, apply to scholarships and to be open minded!

My favorite adventure abroad was when we had dinner on the beach and watched the sunset. We saw horses walking up and down the beach as well as seen two dogs rush into the waves having a blast. It was so beautiful.

Tyler Smith

Year in school: Senior

Major: English

Minor: Philosophy and Sociology


Working hours: Tuesday 9 a.m.-noon and Thursday 9-11 a.m.

Study abroad program: CISabroad summer in London

Other countries you visited: France, Scotland

I've never been to Europe, and I thought this would be the best opportunity for me to do so. It's always been my dream to study abroad, so this was the perfect chance for me to do so.

It is important because unfortunately not a lot of students study abroad in Illinois, so to be able to say that you have, helps distinguish you from other students academically and in a professional setting. Studying abroad helps you get a better understanding of the world. It's a great opportunity to network and meet tons of really great people.

Plan! Plan as much as you can. Also, do tons of research on your host country. The more information the better. I would also say to make sure you cover your finances before you leave on your trip. So meet with the financial aid advisers before you leave!

My favorite excursion is difficult to choose, but I would have to say visiting Stonehenge and Bath in England. To visit such historic sites was truly breathtaking. There is so much history there. It was truly such a great experience!

Justin Wilson

Year in school: Senior

Major: Marketing

Minor: Nonprofits and Social Entrepreneurship


Working hours: Monday, Wednesday 9-10:30 a.m. and Thursday 1-3 p.m.

Study abroad program: GILD/Human Connections - Mexico

Other countries you visited: None

I really wanted to jump outside of my comfort zone and experience life outside of the United States. I also really wanted to travel and experience different cultures.

I think everyone should study abroad because it not only allows you to take what you have learned in the classroom in a global setting, but it allows you to grow personally and professionally. I also think it is important for people to experience other cultures and experience life outside of the United States borders.

The biggest tip is to just step out and try to experience it all. Take every opportunity to learn more about the country, the history, the culture. You will be living and breathing in a new community, so embrace it and enjoy everything that country has to offer!

It's so hard to pick my favorite because all of them were amazing. I think the one that I will remember for a while was going to a secluded beach in San Pancho. We took a beautiful hike through a sub-tropical jungle and saw beautiful views peeking through the palm trees of the breathtaking blue ocean. We ended the excursion swimming, relaxing and taking in all the beautiful sights of a Mexican beach.

Anna Wojciechowski

Year in school: Sophomore

Major: French


Working hours: Wednesday 8-10 a.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-noon

Study abroad program: Provence Culture in Aix-en-Provence, France (NIU faculty)

Other countries you visited: Italy

I decided to study abroad because it helps move the French major along and because it has been a lifelong goal of mine to live in France one day.

I think studying abroad is important because it makes you recognize the similarities across different cultures. It is a chance to go outside your comfort zone as well.

Don't be afraid to try new things! Go out, take those chances, get lost and explore a new world!

Honestly, my favorite adventure abroad was getting lost in the woods trying to climb a mountain. We ended up coming out of the woods right on top of a waterfall. It was so amazing to be completely surrounded by the French wilderness with no one else around; simply taking in the beauty of what we had came across.

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