Time Abroad: Fall 2009
Major: International Studies
Through my study abroad experience in India, I have learned so much about communication and the limitless importance of empathy. I will always take more time to listen to other's ideas and communicate my own with their unique ideas and characteristics in mind. Moreover, I will continue to take risks and accept challenges because I know the growth they can potentially provide.
I had so many amazing experiences in India that it's almost impossible to determine the most memorable one! However, at our Farewell Tea I performed a yoga demonstration that I had been perfecting for the entirety of my study abroad. After my performance my host mother's eyes brimmed with tears as she told me how proud she was of my effort and ability. She said that she had known how hard I was practicing yoga but seeing it for the first time proved to her that I was a hard-working, respectable young woman. Her pride for me was completely unnecessary and yet totally sincere, and it was one of the most kind things anyone had ever done for me!
Do not choose a study abroad location because you can get the most credits there or even because it seems to be the best fit for your major / minor. You have an incredible opportunity to discover a section of the world completely foreign to you under the guidance of DU and the Cherrington Global Scholars program. Take a risk and you will reap the benefits of learning more than you could ever imagine! Allow your curiosity to prevail.