Program: Academic Year- Gifu University, Japan
"My study abroad experience was kind of like opening a door into an entirely different life that I created for myself. I got to experience things I never thought I'd ever experience, make friends I never would have imagined I'd make, and learned important life lessons that I never could have learned if I hadn't gone to Japan. For me it was not just going to school in a different country and then coming back; it was me opening the door to the rest of my life and eventually Japan felt more like home than America. Of course, there were hard times too, but that's what made it so much more of a formative experience. Also, I became fluent in Japanese, so that's cool too."