Education Abroad Ambassadors

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Jaryn Shumaker

My name is Jaryn Shumaker and I am a senior this year. I am majoring in International Studies with a focus on ESL education. In 2017 I was able to participate in the Daegu University Korean Language Program. The program included intensive Korean language classes and the opportunity to take a couple classes outside the program. While there I was also able to travel to surrounding elementary and junior high schools to teach them about America and let the students practice their English language skills. Daegu University is located in the southern part of South Korea and is about 4 hours away, by bus, to the capital Seoul. I chose the Daegu University program because of its location. For me, I wanted to focus on developing my Korean language skills and being in the countryside instead of a big city is the fastest way to do so. I loved going to the coffee shop, Hands Coffee, located outside the front of the school and was warmly welcomed each time by the staff members that knew me. Each day was a new experience and a new way to be a part of the community. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to study abroad at Daegu University and I will remember each memory forever. Daegu University allowed me to make friends from all over the globe, and together we spoke in Korean. To this day I still talk to the friends I made at the school, and I hope to see them again soon.

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Alli Campbell

My name is Alli Kulbago (she/her/hers). I am a fourth year student majoring in Theatre (Acting/Directing and Tech/Design) with a minor in French. I am originally from Twinsburg, Ohio. I have been involved in several organizations during my time at BGSU including Alpha Psi Omega, New Student Orientation, BroadwayCares BG, and the Homecoming Student Steering Committee. Traveling is always something that I have been passionate about so I knew I wanted to find a way to do that while at BGSU. I love getting to meet new people and learn about their lives. Traveling is such a wonderful way to do that! I have been fortunate enough to go on two trips as a student. I went to New Zealand for three weeks over the winter session and I went to London, England over spring break 2019. Both of these trips were incredible and I loved every moment of each.

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Maggie Jo Venis

I am currently a fourth year student in the College of Business specializing in Marketing. I studied abroad Spring 2019 as a third year in Madrid, Spain. I was a part of the exchange program through Universidad Carlos III de Madrid for a whole semester. I lived in the city and commuted to the University when I had classes. The commute was really easy and an enjoyable train ride. I found a passion for travel while I was abroad, learned a lot of skills and life lessons. Studying abroad helped me step out my comfort zone and stretch my boundaries. This experience helped me grow and develop as a person and I think everyone should take advantage of this amazing opportunity. 

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Daniella Jacoby

Hello, my name is Daniella Jacoby and I’m a fourth year senior majoring in Creative Writing with a minor in Film. I spent the spring of 2019 in Keele, England just south of Manchester. My favorite memory of studying abroad was traveling with my family when they came to visit. I know that I was lucky that they could come, but it was the places I went with them that made that time so much more special. We went to Liverpool and took a Beatles Tour (we’re massive fans) that showcased the places in their songs. My family was only there for a short time, so when they were gone, I travelled with a group of amazing friends that I met from all over the world. We grew so close and still keep in touch today! I even did some travelling on my own, which I know can sound dangerous and scary, but I had a great time! I learned to be independent and brave. I took risks to do the things that I wanted to do, and I don’t regret it one bit. Studying abroad will change everything about you in the best ways possible, if you’re even slightly thinking of doing it, do so. You will never regret going, but you will regret staying. Cheers!

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Brittany Steighner

In January 2019, I got the opportunity to study abroad in Melbourne, Australia. I used the January session as an opportunity to travel to a new country. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted visit Australia, and this was my opportunity. Not even five minutes off airplane, I saw a field of kangaroos and it hit me I was 10,000 miles away from home. I was able to make so many new friends and experience a new culture. I traveled throughout the county during my time there. I talked to several natives who liked my “accent”. I enjoyed talking these people and hearing about their country and culture and also hearing their views on Americans. I learned a lot about this new culture and got to see how it different from the country I’ve lived in my entire life. My favorite part was how I grew as I person. I became more independent and confident. I have always been a shy person but traveling along to a new country forced me out of my comfort zone. It helped me become more comfortable in uncomfortable situations. It helped me learn to ask for help and try new things. If anyone has the chance to study abroad, they mist take it. You can’t even imagine the things an experience like this can teach you. You learn so much about yourself and it will help you become a better and stronger individual.

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Leo Walsh

My name is Leo Walsh and I studied abroad this past spring semester in Salzburg, Austria. I love to sing/play guitar, read, travel and explore new places, and studying abroad was the perfect opportunity to explore unfamiliar places and see new things, and I loved every minute of it. I had an amazing experience while abroad; I visited 12 countries, met a lot of amazing people and stepped out of my comfort zone, which helped me gain more confidence than I had before. I chose to study abroad because I wanted to see more of the world and immerse myself in a different culture than my own. I learned so much during my time in Austria, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Julie Meyers

I'm Julie Meyers and I am a third year French major and creative writing minor. However, I spent my entire second year as a foreign exchange student in France.  I learned more about what my goals were for my future career and I learned how important it is to communicate with those around you even if it doesn’t seem that it will benefit you. When I came back from France I recognized how much I just missed the ease of a conversation with people and my desire to just get to know people, I am more social than I have ever been and now have every desire to speak and to get to know people. I recognized that I should be passionate about what it is that I am doing, and if I’m not then maybe I should make a change in my routine, and that every day counts for something, and no time you have is wasted when doing that.

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Ellis Ulery

My name is Ellis Ulery and I am a junior majoring in Aviation. I participated in a spring 2018 program in London, England through an affiliate partner ISA. One of my favorite memories from my semester abroad is paragliding in Switzerland and driving through Iceland. I think all students should consider going abroad because it fulfills a need to do something different in your life and for an opportunity to have adventures.

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Essma Kheiry

It was a freeing and empowering moment being able to do something I've always wanted to try but never had the chance. You should say yes to new experiences and be open to doing as much as possible, but also know that it's okay to just relax sometimes from all of it.