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Nicole DuGan

Major: International Politics
Minor: History
Hometown: DuBois

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I first learned about the enrichment experience from my study abroad adviser and was then reminded about it through the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network's emails.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Studying abroad has been the greatest experience of my life by far. I have learned so much, and not just in the classroom. Throughout my four months in London I have visited six countries and ten cities. I have experienced a plethora of different cultures and customs. I've seen UNESCO World Heritage sights, world famous museums, canals, towers, and more tourist traps than I can count. I made a promise to myself that when I went abroad, I would try new things and not be afraid of those that I normally am. So far, I have kept that promise; I’ve climbed a narrow tower in Copenhagen, sat on the edge of Prague Castle, and tried snails in Paris. It is safe to say that it has been the greatest four months of my life.

"It is safe to say that it has been the greatest four months of my life."

How did this experience impact you academically?

I have been able to study political history and political ethics from a completely different standpoint than what I would have learned at home. It has definitely better prepared me for a career in politics because now I am able to understand other countries' viewpoints and systems of government. In order to be successful, one needs to understand how another country works and views the United States. Studying in the UK is vastly different than the US, so studying here has also taught me to be more aware of the content that I am learning about on a weekly basis.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

After graduation, I plan to attend law school. After that, I hope to work with the federal government and perhaps one day run for public office. Understanding how the world works is important, and having as many different views on the matter is even more important.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes! Studying abroad is more than just an academic experience. You are literally living on your own in a foreign country with the ability to travel the world. You learn how to live on your own, truly on your own- without your parents or best friends readily available. You navigate a massive city, immerse yourself in colorful cultures, and try things you wouldn't even have the chance to at home. Its something every student should experience in their time at Penn State.

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