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Brittany Pooley

Major: Event Management

Year: Senior
Hometown, State: Stillwater, Minnesota

Type of experience: Study Abroad
Experience: Semester at Sea
Experience website:
Destination: Other

Overall experience..
This program rounded out my collegiate experience. I gained intercultural knowledge and awareness I never knew I did not have. Sailing aboard a floating community and traveling to 12 different countries is an experience I will never forget.

I learned...
Iowa State Study Abroad website

An impact to my life...
Now I have career goals of working in study abroad coordination. Seeing first-hand how a program was organized was an amazing experience. I also saw how meaningful an experience abroad can be in education for myself. I think it will serve me very well in the future in both my career and personal life.

I will never forget...
The reality of going from sleeping under the stars in the Sahara Desert one week to camping in the Amazon Rainforest another, then hearing stories from artisans in Ghana will be one I may never be able to wrap my head around. I am forever grateful for the experience and everything it brought.

Advice for others...
Throw yourself into new cultures. Be ready to adapt to a new environment and take it all in! Go for it and make the most of your time abroad.

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