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Student Spotlight

Sam Shaw
Thailand Fall 2011
International Studies Major
sashaw@uci.edu

Thailand

"My internship at a TV Network in Thailand was special. Even the adventure to and from the location was an experience."

"Some of my values and habits were challenged and ultimately improved for the better after my UCEAP experience."

"I joined the Thai Club IMMEDIATELY upon arrival to UCI. And I am now off to Europe to teach English for a month."

Why did you choose your particular study abroad program/location?
I wanted to be immersed in an entirely new unknown environment. I grew up and studied in So Cal so I felt it was time for change and challenge.
 
What types of activities were you involved in while abroad that were meaningful for your learning?
My internship at a TV Network in Thailand was special. Even the adventure to and from the location was an experience. Then working at a TV Network abroad where English isn't their first language was a fantastic experience as well. The Thai language class was by far the most helpful. I think it is very important to have a basic understanding of your host country's language as it shows respect to the locals.
 
How have you changed or what have you learned due to studying abroad?
Yes. Some of my values and habits were challenged and ultimately improved for the better after my UCEAP experience. Although unique, the flood that devastated Thailand really pushed me outside of my comfort zones and tested my will and patience.
 
What are you doing now as a result of studying abroad?
I joined the Thai Club IMMEDIATELY upon arrival to UCI. And I am now off to Europe to teach English for a month. It is another very fortunate opportunity that I am able to embark on.
 
What advice would you give to a student considering studying abroad?
DO IT!

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