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Liberal Arts Study Abroad Ambassadors

Meet our 2017-2018 liberal arts study abroad ambassadors!!

Mackenzie breneman

Email: mbreneman@purdue.edu 

Major: Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Minors: Spanish, Global Studies

Study Abroad Programs: Global Communication in Barcelona (Summer 2016), Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand (Spring 2017)

Why I decided to study abroad... I’ve always wanted to travel the world, but wasn’t sure where to start. I realized studying abroad gave me the unique opportunity to spend an extended period of time abroad for an affordable cost. I also hoped that studying abroad would allow me to learn more about myself and gain more confidence. 

Best piece of advice that I have for people going abroad... Be willing to try everything at least once even if something is completely out of your comfort zone. Some of my best memories are from times when I wasn’t completely comfortable with an activity and ended up having an amazing time. The best souvenirs you bring back are your memories, so be sure to make as many as possible. 

What I wish I had known before going abroad... It's okay to want to do your own thing and even go a step further by travelng solo. It's great to be in a group, but in large groups especially there can be too many strong opinions and preferences. If there’s something that you feel strongly about and really want to do, go do it by yourself. That just means you’ll have some unique experiences from the people you meet while abroad. Also, keeping a journal is absolutely essential. You're going to forget the small details of that one amazing weekend trip in ten years. Being able to go back and refresh your memory of what happened is a great feeling.

Marie burhenne

Email: mburhenn@purdue.edu 

Major: Film & Video Studies

Study Abroad Program: FU Best: Berlin, Germany (Spring 2017)

Why I decided to study abroad… I’ve always loved traveling, and I thought studying abroad would be a great opportunity to immerse myself in a culture I was interested in. I wanted a fun and exciting experience that I could look back on later in life. I wanted to take advantage of the fact that college is one of the only opportunities to explore and discover somewhere different for five months while still fulfilling my academic goals. Additionally, I knew some friends who had gone abroad and they always came back saying that it was the best experience of their lives!

Highlights of my abroad trip… Exploring the different restaurants (seriously though, go abroad for the amazing food!), museums, clubs, parks, festivals and stores that Berlin has to offer. The city had such a different vibe from any other city I had been to before which made it even more special. 

What I wished I knew before going abroad… I wish I knew how fast it would all fly by! The whole experience was such an amazing, life changing opportunity, but even a semester is such a small amount of time. Make sure to stop, take it all in, and really enjoy all the memories you make. 

Sam gieseking

Email: sgieseki@purdue.edu

Major: Mass Communication

Minors: English & Creative Writing

Study Abroad Program: Sydney Internship (Summer 2017)

Best piece of advice that I have for people going abroad... My best piece of advice is to savor and embrace every moment because time goes by too fast! And also, don't be afraid to go out on your own and make new friends and experiences.

Skills I learned abroad... I learned how to best communicate and adapt in a completely different culture - especially in a completeley different workplace culture.

My biggest concern before going abroad... I was concerned with stepping out of my comfort zone so don't be afraid to room with someone you don't know and don't be afraid to travel or get lost because you might just meet your best friend or find exactly what you were looking for! 

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