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Student Spotlight

Marlo Yonocruz
South Korea Summer 2011
Political Science Major
myonocru@uci.edu

Korea

"I took very interesting classes that were placed in the context of the country I was in. For example I took an international human rights class that discussed the current issues within the country as well."

"I want to pursue a career in foreign affairs because of my new perspective on how valuable it is to understand how our different cultures play into our global community."

"I would highly recommend studying abroad as a completely necessary and invaluable experience if they want to have the best, most comprehensive undergraduate education."

Why did you choose your particular study abroad program/location?
I was interested in the culture of the country. I have a lot of friends who have been on the program who gave strong recommendations for the program.
 
What types of activities were you involved in while abroad that were meaningful for your learning?
I took very interesting classes that were placed in the context of the country I was in. For example I took an international human rights class that discussed the current issues within the country as well. A lot of my learning also came from traveling around and exploring the culture of the country.
 
How have you changed or what have you learned due to studying abroad?
I definitely have a greater appreciation for other cultures and the value of traveling and experiencing more than just what we're used to. I also learned that different perspectives on the same topic is necessary for having a more comprehensive understanding. I believe just studying in another place, as well as learning with and from new people with different perspectives contributed to this new understanding.
 
What are you doing now as a result of studying abroad?
I am definitely more involved in the academic field of international relations within my major. I am also more involved in a culture club I am involved in, which is specifically the culture of the country I visited. I also want to pursue a career in foreign affairs because of my new perspective on how valuable it is to understand how our different cultures play into our global community.
 
What advice would you give to a student considering studying abroad?
I would highly recommend studying abroad as a completely necessary and invaluable experience if they want to have the best, most comprehensive undergraduate education. Its something that you will never regret, and it will definitely change your perspective as a student for the better.

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