Dylan Price: Ever since I was little I’ve
always wanted to travel. Natasha Vos: The summer after my freshman
year I went to Australia with the Summer Abroad program through the Animal Science Department,
and last semester, first semester junior year I went and studied abroad at Massey University
at Palmerston North in New Zealand. Price: First semester I studied abroad Montevideo,
Uruguay. Then the following semester I studied abroad in Monterey, Mexico. Morgan Miller: I studied in Lund, Sweden,
and I decided to go there because it was kind of untraditional as far as a location that
most people go to study abroad. Dr. Diane Beckman: I tell my students first
day of class and all through the first two weeks that probably the most valuable thing
they can do while they’re in college is to go on a study abroad program because it
will enrich them, it will help them learn more about themselves, their interests, and
their culture than any other way they could spend their time. Price: I think doing a study abroad program
for me personally helped open my eyes and just learn that there are other people out
there in different cultures, but they have a lot of similarities to people here. They
have school to go to, they come home to their families, they have their lives over the weekend. Vos: I had a great time academically. I learned
a lot in my classes and it was very interesting; a lot of hands-on things. Miller: I didn’t lose any time at all studying
abroad. All of my classes were transferred. I was even able to get some of my general
science courses to transfer as well. Price: As far as my credits and stuff I took
abroad everything transferred back perfectly. What I did was about a year before I studied
abroad I met with all my advisors and had all the courses approved so it worked out
when I came back. Beckman: My students point out that they’re
learning 24/7. They have to go shopping, they have to eat in the restaurant in the university
or the restaurant or go out and eat. They are interacting constantly with another language
in another culture and they learn so much from that. Price: The first semester in Uruguay the living
arrangement was staying at a residence with about 80 other students, they were all from
there except for 10 students. Some were form Mexico, some from Germany. In Mexico the second
semester I stayed in a house with a host family, which was pretty awesome. Miller: I spent a lot of time traveling around.
I was just right across the sound from Denmark so I took a couple trips there. I also took
about a week roadtrip up to Norway and I also took a long train ride up to the Arctic Circle.
That was very cold, about negative 22 while we were there, but I got to see the ice hotel;
I got to go sit in a sauna on a frozen lake and dip into the freezing water and run around
in the snow, so it was quite a crazy and unique experience. Vos: I spent a month on the South Island of
New Zealand after I’d finished my studies over the semester and it was an amazing experience. Price: The second semester in Mexico I took
four or five trips, one was to Mexico City, spent a week there. I went to Guadalajara,
went to Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan. And I must have went back to Mexico City about
two or three times because I loved it. So it was awesome. Miller: Everything was paid, my tuition was
paid to the university here, and outside of that the living expenses weren’t exorbitant
and it was actually quite affordable and definitely worth every dollar spent. Vos: I initially thought when I started researching
that study abroad was going to be very expensive, you always hear that but it’s a myth. When
I started doing research into I discovered there were different types of programs, and
I went on an exchange program, which means that I went to the university in place of
somebody from that university. So we swapped. Price: The process of studying abroad was
really simple. Everything is online just about, the applications, information, you can look
through the different programs and stuff, and we have a study abroad office here at
NC State and it’s really simple just to go and meet with one of the advisors from
a certain area. Beckman: My students who go on the five-week
program where they have four weeks in a classroom in a different country come back and really
want to expand on what the university has to offer; their eyes are open culturally,
they want to do things outside their small group of friends and small major – some majors
are larger than others, it’s true—but they want to really expand making the most
out of their time at NC State because they’ve seen it from the outside. Price: I know when I was at the airport to
go to Uruguay I felt a lot of nervousness and I remember boarding the plane and taking
off, and I was like, “Oh, man, do I really want to do this?” And a year after I said
that, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, to go study abroad.