Terry Abroad- Toul DeGuia-Cranmer
Terry School and Year
University of Houston, 2015
Where did you study abroad?
I studied Geophysics at the University of Stavanger in Norway during the Fall 2016 semester.
I was also able to visit the following places:
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Barcelona, Spain
- Paris, France
- Köln, Germany
- London, England
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
Why did you choose to study abroad?
I chose to study abroad because through the bilateral exchange agreement in place with the University of Stavanger, I was able to get ahead in my major, which allows for me to achieve two minors; Phronesis and Computer Science. I also chose to study abroad for the opportunity to meet with other international scholars and to see different ways of doing things.
How has this experience impacted you?
The experience has encouraged me to pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer and has given me experience to be competitive. I found that I derived great satisfaction from representing the United States while abroad. I enjoyed shattering the many misconceptions of Americans for Scandinavians and other Europeans. I also have made connections in my field of Geophysics that can potentially aid in securing a career in Oil & Gas, should I desire to. The biggest impact that this experience had on me overall is that it opened up my eyes to what is possible in terms of having a career abroad or even potentially studying abroad in pursuit of a masters degree, which would be tuition free in most of the countries I visited.
Do you have a favorite memory from your trip? If so, what is it?
My favorite memory from the trip is the frustration of being in another country and having to figure out how
to do the basic things that I take for granted on a daily basis. I found that learning how to do this in multiple-foreign countries has greatly increased my self-confidence when being placed in new or unfamiliar situations, a skill I believe to be invaluable in the information age; the age of breakneck change.
Do you have advice for others who want to study abroad?
I would tell them to do an entire semester abroad and to research the bilateral exchange agreements in place because often these agreements allow for transfer of credit for junior and senior level classes, a common complaint that I have heard from both non-traditional and transfer scholars, in preventing them from doing a full semester abroad. I would also advise them to plan their additional travels for the end of the semester and to keep in mind that the curriculum is as challenging, if not more challenging than at their respective universities.
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