"I went to The University of Austin at Texas for my study abroad year. I was so nervous upon leaving however; I understood that I had to conquer my nerves knowing how much there was to learn from this opportunity."
"One of the main challenges that led me to difficulty was homesickness. Despite acknowledging the greatness of the experience, I found myself becoming low and missing my friends, family and home comforts that were thousands of miles away. This was an extreme problem when I let the difference in culture get the best of me. However this setback actually forced me to become a more active member of the community and embrace every social opportunity that came my way."
"My most fond memory of Texas is definitely the Spirit group I Joined “Forever Texas”. I joined the organisation in the spring semester and it was the best decision I made whilst abroad. It complexly changed my opinion of my time abroad and helped me gain a much larger sense of belonging within UT. The group acts as a family within the university, aiming to fulfil 3 main goals; Spirit, Service and Sisterhood...Helping with landscaping and maintenance at a local primary school was one of the events I was involved with, along with running a stand at a carnival to raise children with terminal illnesses."
"I am now naturally more sociable and outspoken can strive under pressure. I found myself looking for anything to get involved with. All I wanted to do was make the most out of being in a difference country, so I said yes to almost anything...It has definitely given me a more positive outlook on life."
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