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Student Spotlight

Angela Ho
Ireland Summer 2015
Human Biology major
angelalh@uci.edu

"Being taught physics by multiple professors that traveled from around the world to teach us was a very interesting experience."

"... this experience taught me to be independent and deal with issues that would arise during the day, on my own, which essentially contributed to my personal growth as a human being. "

"This is the time to go abroad! There is no better time than when you are in college, getting a degree, full of energy and motivation!"

Why did you choose your particular study abroad program/location?
The number one reason why I chose the UCD Physics Ireland Program was because of cost. It was the lowest in price out of all the physics programs, yet it included the most (e.g. meal plans, apartments, and FIELD TRIPS to different parts of Ireland!) There were NOT ANY other programs that had day trips embedded within the program. The campus of University College Dublin is very modern and the library was exquisite, based on the images. The actual buildings, in person, definitely did not disappoint.  
 
What types of activities were you involved in while abroad that were meaningful for your learning?
Being taught physics by multiple professors that traveled from around the world to teach us was a very interesting experience. There were professors from Britain, Italy, and Ireland (of course). Each professor had their own teaching style and it was insightful to figure out what way worked best for me. All of the professors were very friendly and easy to talk to whenever there was any confusion.  
 
How have you changed or what have you learned due to studying abroad?
I am a changed woman. By that, I mean I definitely came back from Ireland a better person in all aspects- mind, body, and soul. The Irish people, themselves, are what made my experience abroad so great. They were so warm, friendly, and welcoming and absolutely loved tourists so I found myself learning an abundance of Irish history simply through its locals.

Dealing with different personalities that I saw every single day within the program forced me to focus on myself and ignore the attitudes inappropriate within the learning environment. Instead of participating in conflict, I went to the ponds on campus and fed the wild ducks and swans. It was calming and now, I realize I cope with stressful situations in a much calmer manner than I used to.

This was also my first time away from family, ever. I live at home and I commute to school everyday so not being able to see my family for two whole months was much harder in the beginning, but this experience taught me to be independent and deal with issues that would arise during the day, on my own, which essentially contributed to my personal growth as a human being.
 
What are you doing now as a result of studying abroad?
As a result of studying abroad, I find myself allotting more time for myself to debrief and remain calm during times of stress. Sadly, there aren't any duck or swan ponds at UC Irvine, but I make time to go to the beach or get pampered to chill out. After going abroad for two months, I plan to go backpacking around Europe before I start medical school. I want to make sure I get to enjoy the world at this age. At this time, I have the energy, the motivation and the time.  
 
What advice would you give to a student considering studying abroad?
DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! If you choose to do an intense physics course like I did(a year of physics in 8 weeks), make sure you know how to say no to things and set limitations because while abroad, it is very tempting to want to go everywhere, but remember you are there to STUDY. Besides that, really appreciate where you are. Embrace the culture and absorb every second you are there because the time will go by fast. This is the time to go abroad! There is no better time than when you are in college, getting a degree, full of energy and motivation. You will change and grow in ways that cannot even be put into words. It will be an experience that you will reminisce about and never forget. Cherish the fact that you are ABLE right now. So, GO DO IT!  

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