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Study Abroad

Laura Sherwood

Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2021

“I have a greater appreciation for what I have at home, but I also learned to appreciate a different way of life during my time abroad.”

Where did you go? What program did you do?

I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, through IES Abroad.

Why did you want to go abroad?

It’s been something I’ve always wanted to do, so when I knew I had the opportunity, I jumped at it. I traveled to Europe a few years ago and knew I needed to go back someday.

Did you work with anyone to help arrange your abroad experience?

I worked with Taimi Marple, the undergraduate coordinator in BME, and Rohan Palma in the study abroad office.

How would you rate the relative ease/difficulty of arranging study abroad?

I started very early—in March of 2018—so I had a long time to figure out what courses I needed and exactly what forms to fill out. The extra time made it easier.

Were you able to take classes to satisfy degree requirements here, and if so which classes did you take?

Yes, I took courses for the equivalents of Fluid Mechanics, BME 210, and Cell Biology.

What did you gain from this experience?

I definitely feel more well-rounded and I understand more about the world.  I have a greater appreciation for what I have at home, but I also learned to appreciate a different way of life during my time abroad.

Any particularly memorable experiences?

I enjoyed teaching kids English, they were so cute! Also, I planned a spring break trip on a whim and traveled to Tenerife by myself for a week. I was able to travel the island, scuba dive, snorkel with turtles, and kayak with dolphins. Definitely an experience of a lifetime.

Any advice for students thinking about studying abroad?

You will forever regret not taking the opportunities laid out for you. My advice: don’t go through college thinking you could’ve done something more with your time. If you think study abroad is a good choice for you, take it.

Questions? Ask Laura!

Email: lsherwo3@u.rochester.edu