Introducing Sydney Hagen

What is/are your major(s)?

Public Policy and Psychology

What is/are your minor(s)?

None

What is the name of your study abroad program?

University of Glasgow

In what city & country is your study abroad program located?

Glasgow, Scotland

What is one thing that you are most anticipating about your study abroad experience?

A well-rounded education in a fresh environment. Sometimes I feel like school can get boring due to the same scenery and familiarity of one’s surroundings. I am excited to challenge myself to be immersed in not only an academic environment but also a personal one by living and learning in a new culture.

Why did you decide to study abroad? or What inspired you to study abroad?

I decided to study abroad because of DU’s amazing study abroad opportunities. I have an older brother that went to college and did not study abroad. It is one of his biggest regrets. I have cousins who were able to study abroad and they say it changed their lives. I wanted a life-changing experience and I know that I have worked so hard in school and deserve an incredible opportunity to live internationally. It will not only give me skills for my career but also my mental health and personal relationships.

Taken in Lincoln, Montana on a family vacation. Photo is of my Mom’s Boyfriend, my Mom, Myself, and my boyfriend
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Introducing Anna Goldstein

What is/are your major(s)?

Psychology

What is/are your minor(s)?

Political Science 

What is the name of your study abroad program?

AIFS – American Institute for Foreign Study 

In what city & country is your study abroad program located?

Salzburg, Austria

What is one thing that you are most anticipating about your study abroad experience?

Well, while I am here for the sole purpose of studying, there is just something about being in Europe that is just making me want to travel. I was in Europe once many years ago but during that time in England, I learned that Europe is just a great place to be and that is while I wanted to study in Europe. Not only is it pretty easy to get to, it is also easy to get around and travel to other countries. I am really anticipating the future trips I have planned. I have a trip to Germany, possibly Italy and possibly France. I love traveling and it is gorgeous here in Austria so I am anticipating what else is around. 

Why did you decide to study abroad? or What inspired you to study abroad?

As I stated before, I love traveling and while I do love it in the US, there is just something about being away from the States that is just inspiring me to want to travel more on my own. My mother is no where near me to help me out and so this is a total learning experience for me to be here and experiencing a whole other life away from my friends and family. Part of the reason why I am studying abroad was because my mom and I made an agreement that if I were to go to DU, I would study abroad as it is a big thing. I agreed to that because that meant that I would get an opportunity to travel with friends and study in another environment that may be better for me in the long run. I get to go to places that excite me and meet local people. Travelling has always been a big part of my life and to be able to really have accessibility to travel around Europe independently? Who wouldn’t want to do that?

A beautiful sunset crossing the bridge from one side of the city to the other