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Returnee Student Profiles

 

Madeline Baker 

Madeline Baker
On-campus involvements Sigma Alpha, Food Science Club, CFAES Student Council 
Why did you pick your programs? I picked the First Year Experience to jump into the study abroad experience as a college student. I am so glad I did! I learned so much and made so many great friends! 
Why did you join the Voyager team? I wanted to go beyond studying abroad and help others reach their travel goals as a student. 

Cassidy Kelly

Cassidy Kelly
What is your favority aspect of studying abroad? Making lifelong friendships while experience a completely new country together.
Whad did you learn about yourself? I learned that I'm a lot more independent thatn I thought! I was able to step out of my comfort zone and thrive in a new environment.
Why did you join the Voyager team?  I want to spread awareness and knowledge about studying abroad! I feel as thought many people are hesitant to get involved in studying abroad because they don't know all the essential information.  I'd love to share my experiences in order to help someone take the next step.

Hannah Maggard

Hannah Maggard
What is the most valuable thing you learned from studying abroad? How different the cultures are and beautiful each is
Were you ever nervous about studying abroad? If so, what were you nervous about? I was nervous abou tthe food, but little did I know that I would fall in love with the food that is in each country.
Advice for prospective study abroad students? Keep and open mind and do everything that you can even if you get tired. The traveling is hard, but as soon as you get home you can sleep!

Matt Radnolph

Matt Randolph
Most valuable thing you learned while studying abroad? How to adapt to chaning culture fast and appreciate others. 
How did you get involved with study abroad? Kelly Newlon was an advisor for my fraternity, and at the time, she was the manager of cfaes education abroad. 
How has studying abroad impacted your future? Study abroad has helped me find my love for a career in international agriculture. 

Paige Schaffter

Paige Schaffter
What did you learn about yourself? I learned I love traveling and learning. I would like to continue doing these two things, and doing them as often as possible!
What was the hardest thing to get used to while abroad?  The time change. The United Kingdom is 5 hours ahead of Ohio, so it was hard to keep up with my family and friends back home because when it was 9:00 PM for me, it was only 4:00 PM for them.
How did you learn about study abroad? I knew I always wanted to go to Europe so I just started researching programs within OSU and CFAES to find one that I would like, was feasible, and affordable.

Wyanna Schalk

Wyanna Schalk
Did you develop friendships with peers or a relationship with your Resident Director?  Yes, I have developed many great friendships with people I have traveled with. 
Favorite aspect of study? Getting to see what other cultures and traditions were like. 
Advice for prospective study abroad students? Don't be afraid to ask questions to your advisors or talk to the people in charge of the trip you are interested in. You could even ask a Voyager about their experiences! 

Sydni Ward

Sydni Ward
On-campus involvements Sigma Alpha, Bee Club, Buckeye Dairy, Citation Needed
Favorite aspect of study? Getting to see what other cultures and traditions were like. 
What did you learn about yourself? I learned that I enjoyed learning about sustainable agriculture and that it may be something I want to focus on in my future career. I also learned that I really like to garden and cook with fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables. 

Rachel Cline

Rachel Cline
International Internship through the Ohio Program Liverpool, England
What were the best and most challenging parts of your internship? Both the best and most challenging was going through the COVID lockdown and then learning to adapt our pitch management strategies based on limited staff numbers and limited hours. It was incredible experience to go through and most certainly a unique one at that. I believe I developed more decision-making skills and developed more of a management mindset than I ever would have under a normal internship. The personal growth I experienced and the learning opportunities that arose as a result of the COVID lockdown were invaluable to me.  
What advice would you give current Ohio State students who are considering a study abroad experience or an international internship? The opportunity to travel and work abroad is an incredibly valuable one. Although it may seem intimidating or even scary, as an Ohio State student, you are never alone. There is a vast support system of fellow students, program alumni, and faculty always there to support you and help you along the way. I guarantee you will grow from this experience and you will be able to use it to help other people around you grow as well. It will be an excellent talking point for years to come. 

Pete Grantham

Pete Grantham
International Internship through the Ohio Program Bonn, Germany
What effect do you think our internship had on you personally? I am aware of the rest of the world.  I am aware that we all go through life the same way.  I think people still struggle the same internationally. Life is short and you need to enjoy it. I like traveling more too now, I like sitting around in new places, one of my favorite things to do is to go somewhere, sit around and observe. 
What advice would you give current Ohio State students who are considering a study abroad experience or an international internship? Separate yourself from the group. If someone is nice to you accept that whether they are an awkward or strange person, just accept it because that person will usually help you have a better time.  Make it long enough that you have to be uncomfortable at some point. You need to have to build friendships.