University of Iowa

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1/9/2015

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: A year abroad in Spain and Peru

My name is Hanley. I am currently studying the 2014-2015 academic year abroad in Madrid, Spain. I decided to study in Spain after having spent a year in Peru. I became fascinated with the Spanish language and the many cultures that surround it. My year in Spain has been one of the greatest experiences in my life, to say the least. Perhaps, one of the biggest revelations one could make while abroad is self-discovery. Regardless of people’s said intentions for going abroad, or even just travelling in general, they subconsciously are not only looking to see new parts of the world, but of themselves as well. People travel to find previously undiscovered parts of their identity.
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Jade in front of the Great Wall of China
12/22/2014

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Leaving the Comfort Zone

My name is Jade Manternach, and I am a Senior Entrepreneurial Management major in the Tippie College of Business. I am a first generation student, and I am solely responsible for paying for my college education. I was determined to study abroad while I was at The University of Iowa, and last year I applied for every scholarship I was eligible for. Through University of Iowa scholarships, I was able to get almost 60% of my study abroad experience in Beijing and Shanghai funded!
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friends stand at the top of a mountain in Spain
12/22/2014

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: The Madrileño lifestyle

One factor that influenced my time abroad is my identity. Being from a Hispanic family, I had more experience than other students being in an environment in which most people were only speaking a foreign language in which I could not fully understand or communicate. Although this environment made many other students feel out of place, I was already accustomed to this feeling.
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Shan Shan Huang in London
12/17/2014

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Connecting the past and future

One of my biggest dreams is to walk outside of my little world and experience the diverse environment and culture that is unknown to me. A three week trip to study business in London caught my eye. It would be a very good opportunity for me as a first generation student. I was really excited and looked forward to the chance to study abroad in London.
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Xin Xu with an elephant in India
12/17/2014

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: From China to India via Iowa

My name is Xin Xu and I study biochemistry with a pharmacy interest at the University of Iowa. Even though study abroad is among the 47 things that students should do in college, it initially didn’t appeal to me since I am already studying abroad in America. However, one course in India Winterim called Pain, Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care caught my attention. With a strong interest in palliative medicine, I decided to go on an adventure to Trivandrum, India during the winter break, 2013-2014.
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john davison in Argentina
12/15/2014

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Living with a host family in Argentina

So you’re thinking about studying abroad? Well you are making a great decision! I can say with 100% certainty that studying abroad has been the coolest thing I have ever done in my life thus far. No matter where you choose to go or for how long you will gain experience and learn more than you ever expected.
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8/21/2013

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Cultural Difference in Korea

I am a bilingual and I could speak Korean fluently enough for me to take some classes that are taught in Korean as well as English taught classes which most of my fellow exchange student friends took. I was very fortunate that I was able to take some classes with natives and gave me more opportunity to mingle with the native Koreans. I was able to express myself more freely to Koreans, and in return, conceive more cultures and ideas easily. It took no time for me to adjust to the new setting. Having the same heritage and speaking the language definitely was an advantage for me because I felt like I fit in there even though I don’t live in Korea.
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8/9/2013

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Dual-citizen in Spain

Being the first one in my family to attend an American university, I had no idea of the true benefits that studying in other countries can have. I studied in Madrid, Spain, on the Iowa International Summer Institute program, and I learned so much, in the classroom and out. In the four weeks I spent in Spain, I was able to learn so much more then I ever though I would. Being in another part of the world exposes you to another way of life. Study abroad is great for learning about language, other methods of business, politics, and whatever your area of study.
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8/9/2013

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Learning language in Spain and Iceland

My name is Soley Thorsteinsdottir and I am studying civil engineering. I spent my junior year abroad in Spain and then in Iceland. I spent 4 months in each place trying to learn their respective languages. I only completed one engineering class while abroad so the year felt academically easy, but I found the challenge of learning a language and all its cultural cues very difficult. The most difficult part was getting over the embarrassment of thinking my language skill were inadequate. I found that the only times I practiced was when I was better at Spanish or Icelandic than my acquaintance was at English.