Learning to be reflective and pursue what I love June 06, 2016

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/20/2016 to 05/05/2016 with

SIT Study Abroad: Australia - Sustainability and Environmental Action

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned more about what I care about, and what else is going on in the world that matters

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The ISP period was difficult to find housing for and I felt that we got no help

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

I loved the program itself but hated the academic director. He was not a nice person and wasn't helpful at all. That said, I enjoyed the rest of it so much that I would still do it again

Finances

* 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)

SIT supplies many of the funds that you have already paid them. If you travel by plane for your ISP this will change a lot, but I did not.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $40
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? find an ISP that doesnt require plane fare

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
  • Host Family
  • Apartment
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • lots of travel
  • independent study component
* What could be improved?
  • the academic director
  • methods of evaluation (final exam)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To really think about ISP early and get very organized about it very early

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Research Methods and Ethics

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Instruction Language: english
Comments: This course was one of the most dull things I have ever had to sit through. We would do the assigned reading only to come in the next day to have it repeated to us in lecture. The homework was helpful when it came to ISP
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SEAS

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Comments: This course was challenging and very fun and engaging, given all of the field trips we went on. The material was a bit broad and I was never sure exactly which pieces were the take aways. This perhaps contributed to our class doing horribly on the final exam-it was too long for the allotted time and almost impossible to study for. This was an extremely inaccurate measure of my learning.
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