This video highlights the feelings student’s have as their study abroad experience comes to a close. It is set in Jamaica, where the health practice and policy students and staff ended their semester. I asked students if they could describe their study abroad experience with IES Abroad in one word, what word would that be. Personally, I would sum up my experience as introspective. This is because I had so much time to think. I was constantly in my thoughts and reflecting about my past, present, and future. I had time to think of things I would of never thought about if I was distracted by life at home. Because my experience was so independent, meaning I did a lot of things alone and spent a lot of time alone, I was able to really focus on myself on levels I never have before. I got to know myself better and this is something I don’t think would have happened if I didn’t study abroad by myself in a far off land.
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