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    Posted March 15, 2014 by
    Edmond, Oklahoma
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    Why study abroad? Ask Michelle Obama

    6 Months in a Completely New Environment

    My second semester of junior year I spent six months in the wee town of Temuka, New zealand (a suburb of Timaru)through AFS (American Field Service) It really is hard to sum up my study abroad experience because it was always changing. I experienced a roller coaster of emotions that are hard to explain unless you have studied abroad like I did. The six months I spent away from Oklahoma were life changing and also eye opening as to how sheltered I had been from the rest of the world during my 17 years of living in Oklahoma. I not only learned about the kiwi culture but I also learned about cultures all over the world because I became friends with so many of the other exchange student in my AFS chapter and at my school. To this day I still talk to the friends I made from all over the world and I am saving money so I cant eventually visit them all. Whether that be in France, Finland, Brazil, Switzerland, or Thailand. It it really neat to me that I now have all of these connections all over the world, and todays technology make keeping in touch as easy as sending a selfie on Snapchat to a friend on the other side of the world! I would HIGHLY recommend studying abroad to anyone who is even considering it because although it was one of the most challenging things I have ever experienced I came out of it with a new perspective on life and how I view other cultures. #afs #studyabroad #obama #newzealand #oklahoma #travel #highschool
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