Study Abroad Alumni Interviews

Carlos Delgado

Summer 2017

Spain 

Carlos Delgado, BA '19, had a very immersive experience while studying abroad on the Intensive Spanish In Alicante program. His biggest take away from his study abroad experience was "sometimes it is necessary to get out of your comfort zone in order to live. By studying abroad, I have never felt more alive in every sense of the word." Read more... 

Alvin Ong

Summer 2017

China 

Alvin Ong, BA History '18, just returned from the China: Past and Present program in Kaifeng, China. The program comprised of a mix of domestic and international student participants, many of whom are Chinese nationals. Read more...

 

Reggie Harper

Summer 2016

Netherlands

Reggina Harper, BA Criminal Justice ’17, studied abroad in the Netherlands during the summer of 2016 through UWT’s Comparative Criminal Justice Systems program. Now a year later, Reggie, a graduate of UW Tacoma, has reflected on how her study abroad experience has influenced her, as she will begin her Master’s degree in Social Work at UWT in the fall of 2017.  She writes, “As a criminal justice major and future social worker, my study abroad experience has prepared me to deal with a myriad of different individuals from various cultures and made me more sensitive to other people's values and norms, which will be useful when working with marginalized populations in the future.” Read more...

Janese Julien

Summer 2016

Netherlands

Janese Julien participated in the Comparative Criminal Justice Systems in the Netherlands study abroad program during the summer of 2016. Now that a year has gone by, Janese has reflected on how her study abroad experience has transformed her.

"Studying abroad impacted my life by teaching me how to be more welcoming and accepting of things that I’m not really used to. Now, when I see something that I’m not used to, I don’t just write it off. I allow myself to give things a chance first." Read more...

Ariel Gustanski 

Spring 2017

Italy

Getting to experience Roman culture first hand was an inspiring experience for this MBA student who truly embraced the joys of Italian life and culture. Having some prior experience with Italian in her undergraduate education, she was able to share her language abilities and local friend with her cohort, allowing for opportunities to see life outside of the city. Read more...
 

Thailer McLeod

Summer 2016

France and Italy 

The summer before his sophomore year Thailer McLeod studied abroad in France and Italy on a program designed to evaluate art and the evolution of human consciousness. McLeod’s study abroad made him eager for more opportunities to explore and experience other cultures, so much so that he successfully managed to get into another study abroad program for all of Winter 2018.

“The biggest impact my study abroad had on my life would have to be my newfound desire to experience different cultures, appreciate differences, and a new-found courage to try out and apply for things that scare me”. Read more...

Kiona Jones

Summer 2016

Argentina

Last summer, Kiona Jones flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina to immerse herself in the topic of urban development through the Buenos Aires: Urban Field Experience program. A graduate student pursuing a Master of Social Work, Kiona was excited to travel outside the U.S. for the first time.

“I decided to participate because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and experience a culture different than my own. As a social work student, it’s important for me to build cultural competency by having intimate knowledge of what it’s like to be a visitor in a space that belongs to a different culture.” Read more...