Student Stories

2017 Student Ambassadors

The Office of Study Abroad Alumni Ambassador Program recruits Campbell students who wish to share their study abroad experiences and encourage other students to study abroad. Ambassadors speak at student events and Visitation Days and welcome emails with questions about study abroad.

Alexis Weidner

Communication Major & German Minor
Spring 2016 - Independent Program: German Language School in Frankfurt, Germany and Summer 2017- Internship Program in Berlin, Germany
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"There is a whole world to explore and there’s no age limit when to do so. All it takes is a little push outside your comfort zone to introduce you into a whole new perspective of the world around you."

Auston Norton

Biology, Pre-PA Major
Summer 2016 - Faculty-led Program: “Ecology and Culture in Hawaii”
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“I am so grateful for my time there and for all of the friendships that I made that would have never happened if I didn’t study abroad. I had never even been on an airplane before this trip, so flying across the world was a huge step out of my comfort zone. After returning back home to North Carolina I definitely feel like my perspective of the world around me has changed because I got to see the culture and ecology of people and organisms on the other side of the world.”

Brianna Meyrick

Exercise & Sports Science Major
Summer 2016 - Independent Program: Internship in London, UK
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“In a few short weeks I learned more about the world than I did in a semester of class. Emerging myself into different cultures forced me to learn quickly. If I had the opportunity to go back again I would. I did not think I would have fallen in love with London until it was time to come back home and I could not imagine leaving.”

Caroline Wilson

Communications Major
Communication Studies Major, Spanish Minor Spring 2016 — Faculty-led Program: “Ecology and Culture in Hawaii”
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“No matter the length, location, or subject of your study abroad trip, the best thing you can do is keep an open mind be ready to learn whatever the trip has to teach you. I never could have imagined how much a three-week trip would impact my life, and I don’t think this memoir does it justice at all, so you’ll just have to go and experience it yourself!”

Sarah Davis

Athletic Training Major
Summer 2016 — Independent Program: Outdoor Pursuits Program in Wales
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“It is hard to find the right words to explain the way a study abroad experience affects you as a person or the feeling it leaves you with once it is over. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is something no one will ever be able to take away from me. The friendships formed and skills learned are not comparable to anything I have found in typical college classroom… I have a greater sense of independence, strength, and confidence that I would not have gained otherwise.”

Lydia Tran

Kinesiology Major
Summer 2016 — Faculty-led Program: “History of Psychology and Culture of Europe”
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“This program did a wonderful job tying in psychology related aspects and leisure activities together. I had the most incredible time with all the adventures I had abroad.”

Abram Buckner

Christian Studies Major
Summer 2017 - Faculty-led Program: "Rome & Reformation in Italy & Germany"
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“One moment, you are surrounded by the trappings of the modern world, but take a few more steps and you find yourself face to face with real, live, history.”

Sylvia Craig

Communications Major
Summer 2017 - Internship Program: Salzburg College in Salzburg, Austria
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“I feel as though traveling enhances the mind and creates experiences that are incomparable to anything else that you could ever imagine. There is something about being thrown into a completely different culture that creates a thrill for me.”

Santos Saldivar

Kinesiology, Pre-PT Major
Spring 2017 - Independent Program: Semester in Sydney, Australia
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“The experiences I had from being a student at the prestigious University of Sydney, to going to the gym in Sydney, to traveling around the country, I was welcomed with open arms and met many people along the way.”

Madison Ragland

Biology, Pre-Med Major
Summer 2017 - Independent Program: Global Health & Physiology in Belize
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“It was truly mind-blowing to see the healthcare system in a third world country…Saying that we are blessed here in America is an understatement, and it really opened my eyes for the need for more world health organizations and volunteers.”

Hannah Ballard

Music Major
Summer 2017 - Faculty-led Program: "Rome & Reformation in Italy & Germany"
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“I never knew it was possible to feel so at home so far away from everything I ever knew… it didn’t just give me the opportunity to travel and experience culture, it gave me the opportunity to truly make lasting connections with people I would have never met otherwise. That was the best part, the people.”

Anna Jones

Chemical Engineering Major
Summer 2017 - Independent Program in Barcelona, Spain
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“While I did learn a lot during my photography course, most of my "learning" was done outside of the classroom. I not only learned immensely about a new culture and location, but also a lot about myself.”

Allie Foley

Clinical Research Major
Summer 2017 - Independent Program: STEM Research in Dublin, Ireland

Madison Kimble

Pre-Nursing Major
Summer 2017 - Faculty-led Program: "Rome & Reformation in Italy & Germany"