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Allayna DeHond

Allayna DeHond

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Year: 2014
Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 1 semester

Why did you choose to study abroad? What factors (your major, other commitments, Take Five) did you weigh as you were making the decision to study abroad?

I really enjoy travel but all of my trips abroad have been short and you don’t get a good feel for a country’s culture in a few days. I wanted to immerse myself in another culture.

My major, BME, limited my options of where I could study abroad as I had to take 3 classes towards my major when abroad. I didn’t mind that much because I wanted to go somewhere people spoke English.

Beyond the academic work, how did you engage with your new “community” and culture while you were away from Rochester?

I volunteered at the primary school next door to me. It was a big buddy program and I helped my little buddy, Maddy, make friends during recess.

I also took an Outdoor Learning class and went on a lot of hikes out in the country.

How has your experience studying abroad impacted you?

It has made me want to travel more and influenced my decision to apply for the Peace Corps.

What skills, tools, knowledge gained from studying abroad will you draw on now that you are back at Rochester?

I learned how to study for finals better in Sydney as their finals are worth about 50% of your total grade.

What advice do you have for current students contemplating studying abroad?

Go. It is a wonderful experience and probably one of the only chances you have to live in a different country for an extended period of time.

Sum up your study abroad experience in six words:

Climbed a mountain, literally and figuratively.

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