Bears beyond Berkeley

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The Daily Californian asked students who studied abroad this question: “What was your favorite part of the experience of studying abroad?” Check out the responses and photos from abroad below.

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Chevy Quijano/Courtesy

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Kevin Cheung/Staff

Name and yearChevy Quijano, senior

Major: Political science

Abroad: Los Olivos, Panama

What was your favorite part of studying abroad?: I worked with Learning Enterprises. My job was as an English teacher in a rural community called Los Olivos, and my main job was teaching (first) to fifth graders. I practically phased out of all my stresses of Berkeley and the U.S. The best part was not just being with the students but also absorbing Panama.”


Madison Chapman/Courtesy

Madison Chapman/Courtesy

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Kevin Cheung/Staff

Name and yearMadison Chapman, senior

Major: Political science and public policy

Abroad: Buenos Aires, Argentina

What was your favorite part of studying abroad?: “Dancing and the people.”

 

 

 


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Matthew Almendarez/Courtesy

Matthew Almendarez/Courtesy

Name and year: Matthew Almendarez, senior

Major: Architecture

Abroad: Paris, France

What was your favorite part of studying abroad?: “My experience was definitely an eye-opener. I chose to do a four-country program that focused on sustainable cities to see how the life and cultures of these countries differed and were similar in terms of city design and landscape. Plus, I love to travel, and doing this program definitely helped me establish a connection with not only the world but with myself.”


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Tracy Nguyen/Courtesy

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Kevin Cheung/Staff

Name and year: Tracy Nguyen, senior

Major: Psychology

Abroad: Paris, France

What was your favorite part of studying abroad?: “As I reflect upon my trip abroad, the one thing I can say that I’m proud of was being able to go to all of these beautiful and historical sites by myself. I’ve become more independent, and I learned that you can’t limit your curiosity and time waiting for someone to explore with you when doing it by yourself is just as or even more rewarding.”


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Kurt Cakmak/Courtesy

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Kevin Cheung/Staff

Name and yearKurt Cakmak, junior

Majors: Statistics and Chinese

Abroad: Beijing in summer 2014, summer 2015

What was your favorite part of studying abroad?: Having another country feel like home and being able to conserve the friendships I made in Berkeley over there. The biggest gain I got was the feeling of opening my eyes to the world and letting it humble me.”

 

 

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Correction(s):
A previous version of this article misspelled Tracy Nguyen’s name.