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UGA - Franklin - Freiburg Study Abroad : Testimonials (Frankfurt)

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?
Learning more German, making new connections, and realizing I am capable of traveling in other countries sometimes without all the resources I would usually have.
— Haley Passmore, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
My confidence in the language improved drastically. The teaching style at Goethe was incredibly efficient and kind.
— Ines Tulic, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
I learned so much about how sustainable living can be easily achieved. Freiburg gave the group many examples of clean energy. I also had a good experience in my language class because it allowed me to be fully immersed in learning the language with people from around the world.
— Brianna Valenzuela, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Learned to speak German better than I ever could in an American classroom.
— Benjamin Giebelhausen, Summer 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Being able to see sustainable living in action and actually thriving was a huge eye-opener for me. Of course I supported renewable energies and sustainable living before this program, but actually travelling to a city where the residents truly take these ideas as a way of life was awe-inspiring. It made me excited for the future and eager to bring the informations I learned about communities, city planning, and sustainable living into my life and hopefully those around me.
— Kari Hiner, Summer 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
My German improved significantly from being immersed in the culture. This program allowed me to open up and really polish my communication skills, while developing my understanding of environmental aspects of German culture.
— Krystal Stennett, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
It is worth it if you are considering going back to Germany because it helps you understand the culture better when you get to live there for a month.
— Ryan Charnoky, Summer 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
Immerse yourself fully into what this amazing country has to offer. Speak as much German to as many Germans as you can. Never feel embarrassed, shy,or intimidated.
— Mark Ogletree, Summer 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
Just do it.
— Benjamin Giebelhausen, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
If you have any interest at all in either the German language or environmental policies/sustainability, this is the program for you. Before going I was a German minor and mildly interested in sustainability. After seeing Freiburg and the surrounding areas in action, I returned inspired and excited for future possibilities here in America and throughout the rest of the world. Not to mention the increased confidence in my speech and understanding of German.
— Kari Hiner, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
It helped advance my German language skills so I will be able to live in Germany and study abroad sooner than without the program.
— Ryan Charnoky, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
I think it has made me want to pursue a career where I can travel and interact with others from different cultures.
— Samantha Harper, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
I now have the personal goal to visit Germany as many times as I can. Maybe one day, I will call Germany home.
— Mark Ogletree, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
I think the experience made me a more flexible person, more capable of handling diversity and understanding cultures, and I also learned more German. All of these things will help me in my future education and career goals.
— Haley Passmore, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
This experience made me want to help be the change in the world! I hope I can take home all of the information I learned about here (sustainable practices and green energy) and do it justice in the States.
— Ines Tulic, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
My knowledge of the language greatly improved and I am more educated on our environment.
— Brianna Valenzuela, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
I'm now considering a minor in German.
— Benjamin Giebelhausen, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
Being immersed in the German culture and language has fueled my already existing wish to live and work there someday. I felt more confident every day I was there and learned many things I never would have learned in a classroom in Athens, Ga. The experience and knowledge I gained in the area of sustainability and renewable resources has turned those topics into something I hope to pursue in the future. My major is graphic design, but with an ever-growing world, I hope to be able to use my talents for projects that revolve around sustainable communities and meaningful/impactful design.
— Kari Hiner, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
The experience opened me up to career opportunities abroad, so now I am considering medical school in Germany.
— Krystal Stennett, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
I definitely want to work in Germany when I graduate and develop a deeper understanding of the culture.
— Macy Sullivan, Summer 2017