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Collin George

Major: Economics
Minor: Finance
Hometown: York, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

Through a friend, I became interested in an opportunity to study abroad. I found out about my specific program by first researching available programs through the Penn State Education Abroad website. I then met with a study abroad adviser to discuss options for Ireland, eventually settling on the program at University College Dublin (UCD).

I truly believe my eyes were opened to a different side of the world, allowing me to come home with different perspective on learning. Everywhere I go is an opportunity to learn and grow

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience has been nothing short of amazing, from an educational and cultural perspective. I became involved on campus playing for the team's lacrosse club, allowing me to engage with full-time students. I also participated in an on campus soccer league, again using it as a tool to meet Irish students. I took the opportunity to travel around Ireland, taking in the various landscapes and cultures across the country. I also visited Italy and Hungary, both of which provided learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Dublin proved to be an amazing city to learn in - I toured museums and attractions and was exposed to new things. My classes were enjoyable and helpful, and my professors were available to meet with me. Being in Europe for the first time gave me a chance to compare life abroad to my life at home. I learned new ways of doing things, tried new foods, and learned how to travel without my own vehicle. Little things like learning the bus and train systems are things I will take home with me.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I believe my educational experience in Ireland was largely enhanced by out of classroom experiences. Yes, my classes provided me with new knowledge and ways of thinking, but I have learned so much more than textbook material. Some of the tours I experienced provided me with historical information I had not learned before. I was able to build a stronger understanding of the history of Ireland, and the U.K. Tours of Pompeii and the Vatican City exposed me to classical artwork and religious history. I truly believe my eyes were opened to a different side of the world, allowing me to come home with different perspective on learning. Everywhere I go is an opportunity to learn and grow, and I benefited from this opportunity.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I have recently accepted a position with BAE Systems in the financial leadership development program. I hope to build a career with this company, allowing me to grow and learn about the defense industry. Considering they are an international company, my experience abroad has given me a step up in understanding the European culture. My three year program with them will include a rotational period in which I will move around to various company locations. One of these possible landing spots is London. I have already grown and lived in this culture which gives me a potential opportunity to rotate abroad. In addition, I have learned about Ireland's healthcare and economy, which will only assist me as I move into my career.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely. I will take away so many wonderful memories and experiences from my trip abroad. I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity and would encourage anyone to do it. Yes, you learn so much about other cultures and meet so many great people, but more importantly you are able to grow as a person in a new environment. I will look back on my experience for the rest of my life and have made connections with people I hope to keep for some time. It's amazing the things you can learn and new perspectives you can gain simply from talking to someone from somewhere else. I was also fortunate enough to have some family visit while I was abroad, and our experience together is some of the greatest memories I will have. I would greatly encourage anyone to put themselves out there and take advantage of this opportunity.

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