Sue Ronquillo is a Gilman award recipient, and current study abroad advisor at California State University – Monteray Bay. She’s got an incredible story and was nice enough to spend some time with me to share it.
Thanks again, to Sue and CSMB, you were great throughout this entire process.
“Once you’re out in the real world, and working, you might have more money, but you won’t have more time ” — Kim Diehl de Yanes
Kim did great in this episode and made me feel like I was still in school getting international education advice in her office. Her story is unique, too, as she ended up living in Honduras for three years because of who she married.
I’ll let Kim explain…
Getting her first international experience in high school through Michigan 4-H [1:19]
Going to Guayaquil, Ecuador
Living in Honduras for three years
Advice to students who are thinking about studying abroad [3:40]
“Learning how to understand and be comfortable in uncomfortable situations helped me, and I learned from them” — Kirsten Queoff
In this interview we hear about Kirsten’s “GLOBAL HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS TRAINING IN SPAIN AND MOROCCO TO COMBAT SEX-TRAFFICKING” faculty led program.
The interview is different from any other interview I’ve conducted on The Study Abroadcast because of the subject matter. Kirsten does a great job of explaining her time, and what the program consisted of while she was moving between the two countries.
Experience out of the country [1:31]
Choosing a program in sync with her interests [2:54]
“Who am I, what does it mean to be from where I’m from, and how do I explain that to people who are not from the U.S.?” — Kirsten Koehler
I think it’s safe to say that Kirsten Koehler enjoys Germany, and learning German. You’d have to, to spend 11 months there.
Kirsten lived in the town of Freiburg where she was able to take day trips to France and Switzerland. She taught, she interned, she learned, and she walks us through every step of the way in this detailed tale of a year in Freiburg, Germany… PROST!
“We’re really fortunate to live in a time where it’s so easy to keep in contact with everyone. I feel like 20 years ago that wouldn’t have been possible.” — John David (@johndavidmullins)
John David, a pre-med student, was the first person I’ve had on the show that studied abroad in Vigo, Spain. In this interview he introduces us to a language that most people don’t know about called Galician.
Galician is an Indo-European language of the Western Ibero-Romance branch, according to Wikipedia. What that means is that it is a mix of Portuguese and Spanish, according to John.
This interview is packed with stories, recommendations, and information. If you’re thinking about Spain, living with a host family, or learning Spanish, this interview is definitely for you.
“It was what I needed to keep propelling me forward in the degree that I was pursuing” — Tara Efobi (@taraefobi)
Tara Efobi studied abroad and the process worked for her. She was studying fashion and now works in – you guessed it – fashion.
The destination for the interview was Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, which is part of Scandinavia. Tara, however, (like most students) did her fair share of traveling during her time there.
This is the first time I’ve interviewed someone where something didn’t go wrong, so it was a ‘running on all cylinders, full speed ahead’ journey. Tara was also the first student on the show who rented a bicycle during her time abroad, which I think is a terrific idea. Did I mention she’s got a decent Instagram and Youtube following?
Fashion ✅ Influencing ✅ Time of your life…✅ I genuinely had a lot of fun on this interview, and I think you will, too.
Why Tara decided to study abroad through DIS [00:51]
Scholarships & grants [3:02]
“I never saw myself as being a study abroad kid” [5:03]
What an average day was like in Copenhagen [6:54]
Renting a bicycle
Tara’s travels [10:31]
NOTHING went wrong [12:54]
A jumbo cinnamon roll from 7/11 [15:00]
How studying abroad helped Tara with her career [18:38]
“It’s one of the most important things I’ve ever done. It’s about immersing yourself in another culture, understanding that culture, and learning cross cultural communication” — Henry West
Henry West went to Kenya which is located here:
The reason he went to Kenya is actually because of a class project. With out giving away too much detail; the project dealt with water supply and how to improve the current process that takes place.
You’ll have to listen to figure out the how and why.
There are also two firsts in this episode:
First: The first time I’ve interviewed someone who studied abroad in Kenya and…
Second: The first time studying abroad affected the trajectory of someone’s major
Henry laid it all out like a blueprint, and if you listen, you can probably get a few pointers so you can make your study abroad experience stick out from all the others.
Henry’s logical explanation for choosing to study abroad in Kenya [1:39]
The philanthropic outcome of the water vests [4:07]
The intricacy of Henry’s project and study abroad [5:21]
Getting a grant to help with the costs of the project [8:25]
The exact length of Henry’s project [9:23]
Getting to know the ins & outs of Kenya [10:00]
Mixing and mingling on the project [12:01]
Ok, so on every episode I ask for an interesting story or something that went wrong. Henry, as luck would have it, kept a journal of his daily activities, so we got a great recollection of stories from this gnarly trip to Kenya [12:36]
A) Did they all speak english and B) Were they all black? [18:08]
“The Kenyan food was incredible” [20:28]
Drinking the tea in Kenya [23:32]
Why Henry changed his major because of study abroad [24:29]
“I always tell students that studying abroad was the most defining thing of my college experience” — Julio Castro
I love when I have study abroad advisors on the show because they do a good job of getting students to take the plunge and study abroad.
This episode is no different.
Julio did a great job of recollecting his time of Spain and Germany, respectively. He also reminisced about transitioning into his own job while he was still studying abroad, which is a very real concern for lots of students who study abroad towards the end of their college careers.
What was going through Julio’s head prior to leaving for Spain [2:02]
Why Julio picked to study abroad in Spain and Germany [3:43]
The added travel that comes with Julio’s position as a study abroad advisor [6:45]
What it’s like to miss a flight while you study abroad [8:22]
If you’ve ever wanted to learn about Kazakhstan, this interview is for you. Fresh off a recent a trip, Phil really gets into the nuts and Boltz 😂of what the country is like and how quickly they are developing.
I’m proud to say that this is another Study Abroadcast first and Phil really knocked it out of the park. Enjoy learning about Kazakhstan. I did.
Everything you needed to know about Kazakhstan [2:10]
Running smoothly while airborne (again and again) [6:47]
Phil touches on the Kazakh cuisine [10:40]
Growing up in Muncie, Indiana, and coming back to Ball State [12:51]