From Puerto Rico to Green Bay: Adriana Lebrón
Posted by stintedu1 on November 20th, 2015
Name: Adriana E. Lebrón
Year in School: Senior
Program: Went from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez campus to the University Of Wisconsin Green Bay campus
¡Hola! ¡Saludos desde Puerto Rico! Greetings from Puerto Rico!
I picked UWGB as my exchange program university, and it was the BEST. DECISION. EVER.
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you choose where to go?
I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, learn to live alone, and have new experiences. As soon as I decided to do an exchange program, I started looking for my best options and UWGB was always one of the first spots. I looked for the programs, curriculums, dorm, dorm life, lifestyle, and how safe the city was. I picked GB because it was always on the first spot. It also helped that the campus is beautiful, they have the Packers (I saw my first football game there), and overall, the city had a city feel with small town comfort.
Besides those options, I picked UWGB for multiple reasons. First, because they had all of the classes that I needed for my major. Second, because it was a good school, safe and the campus was beautiful. Third, the weather was totally different. I live in a tropical island, thus the heat is not as appealing as experiencing snow for the first time. When the cold came in, I was prepared and ready for it. I loved the cold, the snow and the weird wind. Lastly, I picked it because it was far from Puerto Rico. I did not want to get cold feet, have my family visit me every month, and experience the same things I can at home. I wanted to be free to decide everything, learn to live with roommates, develop cooking, cleaning, and social skills, and overall, meet totally different people; which I did. It may sound hard at first, but it was necessary for me to grow as a person and experience life outside my house and comfort zone.
What was the best part about study abroad? Favorite experience?
I had so many great experiences. I loved meeting so many great international students and learned so much from them! Everything was new, from recipes, to words and even actions. Every moment I spent with them is valuable to me; it was never boring. Something was always cooking, or a plan was hatching: we definitely did not get bored much.
What did you struggle with? How did you overcome it?
Not everything is positive though. I struggled with the roommate thing. I live at home with my parents and brother, so I don’t have to cook or clean that much. It was a learning experience having to live with another three girls, but I managed. I improved my cooking skills and developed cleaning habits and patience.
What advice would you have for those who want to study abroad?
My honest advice to you is: Do it. Don’t overthink it! If you can do it, do it! You will NEVER regret it! I am so grateful for my time at GB. I learned a lot of things about myself! I learned I love spending time surrounded by people, I can easily feed a small army, and I can survive alone (I thought I would chicken out). Through my friends, I realized I would love to travel the world and I am not afraid of the thought anymore. Because of this, I made a Europe trip with my university and I am ready for whatever trip comes next—hopefully Mexico to visit some friends.
Studying at Green Bay has been the best decision I’ve made. The weather changes were great, the people, the ambience; everything was totally different to what I grew up in. I am grateful to the people I met, the experiences I had, and for the memories I created throughout the semester. If I could do it again, I wouldn’t hesitate to!
Summer and Fall Study Abroad!
Posted by Jenna Laabs on October 30th, 2015
Now is the time to think about study abroad plans for next year! Choose from our exciting, short-term summer destinations such as Scotland, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, and Ecuador, as well as our many semester/year-long programs for the Fall. Most application deadlines for these programs will be in February and the very beginning of March. Keep an eye on our website for more details toward the end of the semester! http://uwgb.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ListAll
UWGB students in Chile
Posted by lundj on September 30th, 2015
This August a group of UWGB students traveled to Chile to learn about sustainability. The course was led by two distinguished faculty members:Dr. John Katers from the UW Master of Science in Sustainable Management and Dr. Alex Godoy from the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago.
Check out the article below for more about the program and look at photos on the UWGB Environmental Management and Business Institute Facebook page!
Study Abroad Student Spotlight: Stephanie
Posted by Jenna Laabs on September 20th, 2015
Another one of our study abroad students is keeping a blog of her experiences, this time in Auckland, New Zealand! She has invited us to share her blog, so we encourage you to check out her stories and photos during her semester abroad!
Stephanie went to New Zealand in 2013.
Stephanie’s New Zealand Blog
Germany travel course article
Posted by lundj on July 2nd, 2015
Our recent travel course to Germany, Poland, & the Czech Republic was featured in a UW-Green Bay Inside article last month!
Check out this great program and awesome UWGB faculty and students here: http://news.uwgb.edu/multimedia/photos/06/15/germany-summer-travel-course/
Also, the group was featured in a German newspaper too!
A great year for the OIE!
Posted by lundj on June 12th, 2015
Check out this recent news post about what has been happening in the OIE this past year!
Study Abroad Student Spotlight: Sara
Posted by Jenna Laabs on July 7th, 2014
We have another study abroad student who has offered to share her blog with you! Sara is a Spanish major at UWGB and is studying in Bilbao, Spain for a semester. Her photos are gorgeous and we are very jealous – take a look for yourself!
Phuture Phoenix Graduates
Posted by Jenna Laabs on July 7th, 2014
This is a great article about two UWGB graduates who were part of the first Phuture Phoenix class. These girls also happen to be former study abroad students! Pursue your dreams and make it happen!
Travel Course Deadlines Extended
Posted by Jenna Laabs on March 4th, 2014
The following program deadlines are extended:
Slovakia – THURSDAY, March 6th, 4:30pm
Ireland, Tena, and Alicante – FRIDAY, March 7th, 4:30pm
Complete your applications today!
First Steps Meetings
Posted by Jenna Laabs on January 29th, 2014
Want to Study Abroad but don’t know what the next step is? Come to our First Steps Meetings! We hold them every Tuesday at 2:00pm and Wednesday at noon in the OIE (CL 207)