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IES: Berlin, Language and Culture (Summer)
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Kiara Smith

Liberal Arts Major(s): Letters, Arts and Sciences
Other Major: Nutritional Sciences
Minor: German
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

I loved being able to learn German from Germans and learning it with a touchstone of the culture; some words only make sense when you live in Germany and get a feel for how the word works in their culture.

This experience has given me a greater ability to work independently and to work with a greater diversity of people.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was able to get six credits, three that counted towards my German minor.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has given me a greater ability to work independently and to work with a greater diversity of people.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program and the College of the Liberal Arts helped to fund my trip, which meant that while I was in Berlin I was able to focus more on my experiences and learning than on calculating and worrying about the cost of everything. Instead of staying in my room to save money, I went out and took day trips to places just outside of Berlin and a weekend trip out of Poland; I went to museums and cafes and bars where I got to meet Germans and make German friends.

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