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UGA - SPIA - GLOBIS: Study Abroad in Scotland : Testimonials (Edinburgh)

The following program testimonial responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad
Final Reflection Questions
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Studying abroad isn't so scary! Scotland is different than the US, but not so different that I felt unsafe or completely out of place. I feel confident I could travel elsewhere and learn as I go.
— Sarah Kellogg, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
The acceptance that is celebrated in this culture is probably my biggest take away from this abroad experience.
— Jordan Heithold, Maymester 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
There was so much to take away from the whole experience. From the natural wonders to the culture and history to the locals and every day life, Scotland really had it all. I'll cherish my experiences there forever.
— Evan Katz, Maymester 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
One thing I took away from my trip is that of the perspective of being a "foreigner". There are many things I take for granted about being native to America, such as knowing the currency, the customs, and the language, all of which give me an advantage when it comes to fitting in with American culture and people. Even though Scotland is an English speaking country and has similar customs to America, I still felt like a fish out of water at times, showing me for the first time a taste of what it's like and how difficult it is for people who don't look like or sound like what Americans perceive as "American". I also really enjoyed getting to know the other students who came on my trip, forcing me to consider how they also changed and made the overall experience more positive for me.
— Samantha Napierala, Maymester 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
I have a newfound appreciation for international travel. Although Scotland has many traits in common with the United States (including similar ancestry, the same language, and many customs), a lot of it was different, and those differences enriched my education. Going into UGA, I was far more focused on the political science side of my SPIA double major, but now I'm intrigued by what international affairs has to offer me in the future.
— Evan Katz, Maymester 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
It made me reconsider why I want to be a teacher and what kind of ways I want to impact my future students. Being in Scottish schools and being able to interact with Scottish students gave me a new perspective into what my teaching could be like, how joyful my students could be about learning.
— Samantha Napierala, Maymester 2017