A Digital Communications and Global Studies double major, Devon says studying abroad changed the way she saw the world. Her first experience abroad encouraged her to add a second major and solidify her career path, and she believes that her study abroad experiences were the highlight of her time at LVC.
Michael is a Global Studies major and Politics & Spanish minor with interests in National Security, Intelligence, and International Development. Studying abroad at the end of his freshman year, summer 2015, created a love of travel. He pursued this love by participating in an international service trip to Peru during the summer of 2016. Learning how to network and navigate Washington D.C. during his semester at The Washington Center was a life-changing experience working as a Congressional Intern on Capitol Hill. Michael reflects often on these "real-world" experiences, and to the way that they will impact his future.
Brooke is a business major and religion minor, which means that she is constantly learning about how to interact with different types of people. Studying abroad provided her with opportunities to practice her interpersonal skills in situations outside of the classroom. She believe that the study abroad experience is unique for every individual, but that you will undoubtedly learn valuable life skills not offered during an ordinary lesson.
A Criminal Justice major with a Psychology minor, Issac enjoyed the variety of classes offered in England for his major and minor. He believes that the different people in his classes was a unique opportunity to hear the perspectives of diverse people and how their laws differ around the world. Issac describes traveling as the most exciting part of being abroad, because of cheap airfare and train tickets.
Makenzie was a Psychology major prior to her study abroad trip, but when she came home she realized exactly what career she wanted for her career. The very next semester, she added a global studies minor in hopes of pursuing a career as a study abroad director, just like Jill is at LVC. Without New Zealand, she believes that she may have never found her true calling and love for travel.
Bryce is a junior Business Administration major with minors in Economics and Environmental Studies. During his study abroad experience, he was not only able to get in touch with his hobbit side, but also come away with experiences that he'll never forget. He was fortunate enough to make lifelong friendships with students from nationalities ranging from Dutch to Lebanese. Experiencing the pristine natural world of New Zealand, tramping on active volcanoes, and swimming with dolphins allowed him to experience another way of life and culture that he grew to love and will never forget.
Maya is an Art and Visual Culture & Digital Communications double major with a concentration in programming. She loved interacting with new people from all over the world during her time in New Zealand, and she felt that she benefited from exposure to different perspectives and ways of life during her experiences abroad.
As a Biology major Haley was really interested in taking bio courses in New Zealand that are not offered at LVC, and these classes gave her the chance to see science from another perspective. She is very interested in the nature aspect of biology, and New Zealand gave her the opportunity to experience a variety of unique landscapes. She loved having the chance to explore everything from mountains and black sand to beaches and glow worm caves.
Theresa is an English and Digital Communications double major, and she feels that study abroad allowed her to experience things that she could only have imagine seeing in movies. She made international connections, lifelong friendships and grew as an individual. Without the opportunities she took advantage of through study abroad, she wouldn't be the person she is today.
Melanie is a Global Studies major and Politics minor, and her main interest is Human Rights. While studying abroad, her favorite moments were those spent making life-long friends and embracing the different cultures of the countries that she had the opportunity to visit.