Student Study Abroad Stories
Evan Teske, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia
Evan with friend in Queenstown, NZ
"I am majoring in Sports and Exercise Science and play on the baseball team here at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Studying abroad as always been something that has intrigued me and wanted to do; my wish finally came true in July of 2013."
Evan studied in Townsville, Queensland, Australia at James Cook University through the study abroad agency, Globalinks. "My experience abroad has been the best time of my life! I went to Australia knowing no one, but came back to the United States with many life-long friends from all over the world! It was a great experience of being on your own and having to discover new things. It was like being a freshman all over again, but in a different country, I loved it! At first it was a little over-whelming, but soon enough I fell in love with it!"
"One of the classes I took, Prescription of Health, was one of the best classes I have taken in my college career. I also took some other classes that WLC does not offer, such as Human and Social Rights of Australia."
"Traveling was one of the best parts about it. I had the opportunity to visit Sydney, the Whitsunday Islands, and also made the flight over to New Zealand."
"I highly advise everyone to at least give studying abroad a serious consideration because it very well might change your life."
Queensland Cowboys rugby game in Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Katie Musser, St. Georges University, Grenada, West Indies
Katie visiting Grand Etang National Park, Grenada, West Indies
Katie Musser, a senior student at Wisconsin Lutheran College, returned to Wisconsin December 7, 2013 after completing 17 credits towards her Marine Biology major while studying abroad in Grenada at St. Georges University. Courses included Grenada Wildlife and Habitats, Caribbean Living Oceans, Tropical Marine Ecology, Ecological Research Methods, and Ocean Health.
"The courses offered at St. Georges University take a more in-depth look at specific topics in Marine Biology. My favorite classes were Tropical Marine Ecology and Ocean Health," says Musser. "The courses were very informative and left me with a deeper understanding of marine ecosystems and what threatens their existence."
Musser stayed on campus in nine person apartments adjacent to the campus's black sand beach. Her roommates were all Trinidadian, affectionately known as "Trinis."
"My Trini roommates were some of the kindest and most fun-loving people I have ever met. They really introduced me to the Caribbean culture and shed light on history behind it," Musser says. "I was introduced to Caribbean cuisine which includes cooking with ox tails, pumpkin, curry, manicou (common opossum), callaloo; and usually incorporated rice."
Musser was able to take many field trips with her classes to Grand Etang, Grand Anse Beach, the Marine Protected Area in Beausejour, Mt. Hartmann, and Mt. Annandale. The weather was mostly in the 80's and rained frequently due to the wet season being in full swing. Musser was also able to meet world renowned undersea explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, best known for discovering the Titanic in 1985, following a morning tour of the E/V Nautilus.
"I have been so blessed to have an opportunity to take courses that are focused in Marine Biology and to be exposed to a completely different culture in the process. Experiences like these really help to put things into perspective concerning the big picture," says Musser.
Payton Persinger, Westfield House, Cambridge, UK
Payton overlooking the Thames
"During Fall Term of 2013 I had the opportunity to make one of my childhood dreams come true - I was able to visit England. I studied at Westfield House, a theological college, in Cambridge, where I was able to attend Cambridge University lectures. One of the numerous advantages to this program was that I was able to study under Richard Rex, one of the most prominent historians in my field of study. Not only was I able to have this wonderful academic experience, but at Westfield House I was able to complete fifteen credits of various classes in a Christian, but Cambridge context.
"While I was in the UK I was able to do much traveling within England and also on the Continent. Several times I went to London and visited the British Museum, the National Museum, and the Tate. I was able to visit Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Spain. In each of these countries I stayed with locals, who taught me about their culture. I was shown many different ways of life and along with that various modes of thinking. Through this, my world view has broadened and helped me become a more understanding, compassionate person. Now that my semester in England is over I cannot fathom what my life would have been like not taking a risk and studying abroad."
Payton visiting Vienna, Austria