How Your Study Abroad Location Can Influence Your Career Path With Tara Efobi

Tara Efobi study abroad

“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]
  • Getting social and landing a dream job after school [24:47]
  • Why Tara decided to go to Iowa State [26:08]
  • Recommendations [30:00]
  • Advice if you’re thinking about studying abroad [30:58]
Tara Efobi talks brunch
Brunch is big in Denmark

How Studying Abroad in Germany Changed The Trajectory of Ben Mckelfresh’s Career

Ben Mcklefresh Iowa State University

“One thing that people don’t necessarily recognize is the relationships that form while you’re having that experience” — Ben Mckelfresh

Ben Mckelfresh studied abroad in Germany while in high school and once again in college while an undergrad at DePauw University. In between he did a semester in Copenhagen as well.

It’s a classic international tale of Ben bouncing around Europe and eventually ending up where he is now as the Marketing and Program Coordinator at Iowa State’s Study Abroad Center.

In this interview Ben does a terrific job of explaining the importance of maintaining the relationships you develop while abroad and also gives us a behind the scenes look at the process from an advisor’s point of view.

This interview is perfect if:

A) You’re interested in studying abroad in Germany or Copenhagen

B) A career in international education has ever crossed your mind


  • Ben’s early study abroad experience [1:45]
  • Exchange program in high school vs. college [4:30]
  • Ben’s first trip to Germany while in high school [6:40]
  • What Ben misses most about Germany [10:45]
  • Back to back semester in college: Germany round II and Copenhagen [14:10]
  • Traveling around Europe [17:19]
  • Life after college and working with DIS [18:37]
  • Site visits [20:39]
  • Serving as the ‘tour leader’ for his parents during their visit [24:00]
  • Why you should take a train (especially at night) [27:06]
  • The Doner Kebab 

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Studying Abroad in Copenhagen Through DIS with Alison Ryncarz

Alison Ryncarz of DIS study abroad

They have no idea what they’re about to get into; these experiences, friendships, and academic accomplishments they’re going to make. And you see them right at the cusp of all that when they’re consumed with nerves and doubt” — Alison Ryncarz 🦘

In my first Copenhagen, Denmark interview I speak with Alison Ryncarz. Alison graduated, but she did such a good job of talking about her experience that you would think she was back in Copenhagen and speaking to us in between her classes.

This is also my first experience with DIS which is the organization that Alison works for now. They focus specifically on Scandinavia and have (in my humble opinion) a very cool website. If you’re thinking about either Copenhagen, Stockholm, or even both, I’d recommend getting in touch with DIS.

Alison does explained the process in this interview and also talks about the multitute scholarship opportunities that are available if you decide to go through DIS.

We also learn and hear a story about Woofing, which is something Alison did during her time there.

Quote Alison would like to leave us with:

“Fail often in order to succeed sooner” Ideo 


GPS Without The Tickets


  • Spending a semester in Copenhagen [1:28]
  • “Course Integrated Study Tours” [2:50]
  • Signing up with DIS [3:49]
  • Pre departure course [5:03]
  • Scholarships available through DIS [6:23]
  • Alison’s psyche prior to her departure and how why she picked Denmark [8:18]
  • What you can do to prepare for your trip before you leave [10:19]
  • What the class structure looks like during a semester with DIS [12:15]
  • Time to poke around other parts of Europe [14:17]
  • Woofing [16:15]
  • Copenhagen breakfasts [20:23]
  • The Defining Decade [23:53]