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The ONU Study Abroad Fair hopes to give students a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Students who were present for the event were asked to sign in with email. This gave the presenters and ability to contact students who would be interested in studying abroad. (Austin Gammell/image)

Students who were present for the event were asked to sign in with email. This gave the presenters and ability to contact students who would be interested in studying abroad. (Austin Gammell/image)

The Study Abroad Fair is a great opportunity for students at Northern to learn about their options if they would like to study abroad. The fair brings in previous students and participants who can share their insight and experiences on the programs that are offered to students.

Former student Chelsea Dues and former study abroad member Grahaeme Hesp came to the fair to give information to students who were interested in the study abroad programs.

Dues came to the fair to give her experience during her study abroad tour. She spent four weeks in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Dues spent time learning about Thai cooking and Buddhism during her stay. She also observed the hill tribes that were settled relatively close to Chiang Mai.

Learning how to make friends internationally and adapt to the culture was initially a struggle for Dues. The experience and learning about the new cultures gave Dues confidence and helped her through the program.

This experience had a huge impact on my life. It changed me as a person.”

Grahaeme Hesp is the Regional Director of Institutional Relations at the Foundation for International Education (FIE). Hesp works with a London-based company that sends students to study abroad year-round. FIE send students to London, Dublin, and Amman.  

Hesp wanted to emphasize the opportunities a program like this can offer. Speaking as a representative for his company and other programs in general, Hesp wants students to give study abroad programs some consideration. He believes that study abroad programs can separate students from the rest of the crowd.

You get out of it what you put into it. Honestly, you just got to check it out.”

The study abroad program is a chance for students to gain some once-in-a-lifetime experience. Students who partake in these programs can expect to have the time of their life while also learning about different cultures.