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UGA - Warnell - Discover Abroad: Maymester Botswana and South Africa : Testimonials (Johannesburg)

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?
That everyone has their own ideas and views on the world, and when you open yourself up to listen to all of them you begin to see the world differently.
— Kaylee Jerman, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
One of this biggest things I took away from this exerience is that everything you do everyday no matter where you are can impact the world in the largest ways unimaginable. Whether that be walking an extra five steps to the nearest trash can to throw your garbage away instead of tossing it to the ground or conserving water. Your choices and desicions all come with consequence. That piece of trash can make its way to rivers and pollute the natural waterways and block fish migrations and along with over fishing in the ocean these problems become bigger and bigger.
— Rachel Verdetto, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
I realized just how important conservation is and I developed a completely new passion for it.
— Kaitlyn Burrell, Maymester 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
My most significant take aways from spending time in Botswana and South Africa had to have been the people I met there, both students and denizens, and also a newfound respect and gratitude for the natural world.

I found myself more connected to the natural world than I have felt prior to my experience. To be able to live out in a tent with wild animals all around you is both exhilarating and humbling due to the fact that it is such an out-of-place and environment to operate in, being an American college student.

I'll never forget the people I met here. My friend Okwa operates his own safari company and he and I became good friends through our wildlife viewings and late night fireside chats. Everyone was very kind to us there, and welcomed us into their country with open arms. An experience I will never forget.
— Bradley Rowan, Maymester 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
Go for it! It's eye opening to see how third world handles their environment and the conservation efforts that are going in at a small scale, but as a combined effort they make a difference.
— Colton Ginn, Summer 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
Be careful, because this study abroad program can actually change your entire life. I am walking away from this experience a better person with a better concept of how to be not just a more successful student but how to be a global citizen.
— Kaylee Jerman, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
It has completely rearranged the way that I see the world and how I want to leave my mark. Luis was an incredible teacher and the way that he inspired all of us to get the most out of this experience. It's hard to even explain the feeling I'm taking away from this experience.
— Kaylee Jerman, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
This experience has had a HUGE positive impact on all my level of goals. My educational goal it has reignited my fire and passion of why I chose to be a Wildlife major and I feel rejuvenated and ready to finish what I started here at Warnell. My career goal it has confirmed what I believed to be my aspirations in life and has even broadened my goals and hopes to one day become a Level 2 Nature Guide working with Ecotraining in Mashatu, Botswana and teach others about the natural beauty and untouched wilderness of Africa.
— Rachel Verdetto, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
I plan on returning to Africa after I finish my degree to participate in conservation research.
— Kaitlyn Burrell, Maymester 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
It has made me consider my options more in terms of international conservation careers and to get more creative with what I want to do, and/or volunteer with in the near future. This experience had a heavy impact on my consideration for jobs down the road.
— Bradley Rowan, Maymester 2017