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Lauren HassettLauren Hassett, a 2012 graduate, is among a long list of Worcester State students who have studied at Worcester University in England. She chose to study abroad in the fall of her senior year to test herself. She quickly learned the meaning of the observation, “England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” But it’s the life experiences she learned living on her own 3,000 miles and an ocean away from home that will stay with her forever. Read more >>

Kelsey HopkinsKelsey Hopkins, a member of our Class of 2016, was inspired to spend part of the summer of 2013 in Guatemala by her experience on a faculty-led alternative spring break trip to Nicaragua in 2011. She booked her stay with a host family through Cultural Embrace at El Arco. It was an opportunity to perfect her Spanish while volunteering at La Union, a school in Antigua. The experience opened her eyes to the way of life in Guatemala, and she developed empathy for the communication difficulties non-native English speakers have when they arrive in the United States. Read more >>

Cheyenne JenningsCheyenne Jennings, a member of our Class of 2016, travelled to Nicaragua as part of an alternative spring break trip in March 2013. The week-long trip is spearheaded annually by Assistant Professor of History and Political Science Dr. Aldo Garcia Guevara and is a service team project offered through our Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement. “I left Nicaragua with a profound sense of gratitude, not only for the hospitality the people of the community and Manna Project showed us but for the things I hold close to me in my life,” she says in her testimonial. Read more >>

Billie LadaBillie Lada, a member of our Class of 2015, traveled to Madagascar the summer of 2013 primarily to improve her fluency in French. She chose a School for International Training program because it offered courses and the opportunity to stay with a host family in a tropical climate. It was an excellent blend of classroom instruction and cultural immersion. It exposed her to a new attitude toward life that’s much different from that of many Americans: “Foreigners have clocks, Malagasy people have time.” Read more >>

Patricia MarshallOur Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Patricia Marshall spent the 1992-1993 academic year at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. She was motivated by a desire to improve her fluency in Spanish. While she learned about the Spanish people and their culture, she also learned about the Spaniards perceptions of the United States. She gained invaluable self-reflection skills and insights about her culture. Read more >>

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