Change Your Life, ASAP Past Review

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Marist College: Traveling - Asia Study Abroad Program (ASAP)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
As previously stated I am better for it. People in America tend to complain that they had to park too far away from the front door of the Wal-Mart or that Ben and Jerry's stopped making their favorite flavor of ice cream. If we all could see just how good we have things I think we would be a more appreciative people.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

If every American student was required to study abroad for a month this world would be a much different, and better place. It was truly a life changing experience for me personally.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Total cultural immersion was the biggest strength and the biggest weakness was that my program was only for 1 month as opposed to the current 3.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Never did we feel unsafe. The housing was very nice and we were always treated warmly.

* Food:

I loved trying new things. Minus the potato chips that had expired in the 1990's.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

As I said this experience honestly made me the man I am today. I have a much broader understanding and sensitivity to the world around me.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Plenty of excellent healthcare options, though no one ever needed to use them.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be open minded and sensitive of other cultures rituals and customs.