“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]
“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]
“I thought I was cultured, but really going out on your own and living 9,000 miles away just opened my eyes” — Caroline Sass
Caroline Sass did a great job with this interview, straight up. She didn’t realize it at the time but she probably gave the most succinct description of setting up a study abroad trip than anyone I’ve ever interviewed.
Caroline is a supply chain management major at Iowa State University and takes us down under to share her adventure of living in Newcastle, the country’s eight largest city.
Caroline and her friends were not limited to Newcastle, however. We hear stories of road trips throughout the country and flights to Thailand and New Zealand.
One of Caroline’s favorite quotes:
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different”— C.S. Lewis
“What I hear from everybody is ‘you’ll never regret going longer'” — Hannah Lutz
Hannah Lutz is the first student I’ve interviewed that studied abroad in Prague. She is also the first student that used CIEE, which is a great, non profit, 3rd party program to help you get to where you want to go.
Her classes were all in the same building, and because of this she got to see the same people on a daily basis and thus, got to know everyone she was with extremely well, which she explains in the interview.
Hannah was not limited to Prague. She also got to visit Budapest, Cracow, Ireland, Spain, Italy (twice), and go all over The Czech Republic.
“We’ll never get the chance to be in this place with these people in this moment again” — Hannah’s travel companion
Why Prague? [1:25]
Having an entire international building to yourself [2:40]
Classes and internship in Prague [3:31]
Exploring the rest of Europe [5:03]
Getting acclimated to the culture in Prague [6:38]
“As long as they’re on the ball and getting things done before deadlines they’ll be able to study abroad and be successful at it, too.” — Jonathan Mennecke
Jonathan Mennecke is currently studying abroad at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. He goes to Iowa State University and was a pre-med student at the time of the interview.
If you’ve listened to any other episodes you know by now that something going wrong on your trip is a right of passage, and it happens to everyone. Jonathan is no exception and tells us about a time where “everything that could’ve gone wrong, did” on a trip to Queenstown.
Aside from that, the his time in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand sounds amazing.
Scholarships are big theme that I like to focus on in the interviews and Jonathan was fortunate enough to get most of his trip paid for, and he shares exactly how he did it in the interview.
Jonathan was also kind enough to send me some pictures he took while in New Zealand.
“My goal was to get as far away as possible and that’s essentially why I picked New Zealand” — Liam Krodel🦘
One of the biggest questions students who are thinking about studying abroad have is “where should I go?” Most people go their whole life without getting to visit everywhere places on their bucket list, how are you supposed to do it in a summer, semester, or even year?
One way could be to this listen to this interview. Liam Krodel does a great job of explaining his decision to study abroad in New Zealand. Simply put; he loves the outdoors. In to cooking you should go to France. Design? How about Germany? Surfing…you get the idea.
Liam does a great job of depicting his time there. He was happy with his living arrangement because got to meet and make new friends from all over the U.S. It’s also worth noting that Liam already has a job lined up for when he graduates and one can assume that his experience helped secure it (just listen to the interview).
Why New Zealand is a no brainer if you life hiking 🥾 [1:37]
“A mixed bag of emotions” prior to departure 😔[3:30] 😄
“When you’re in groups of people traveling you’re constantly worrying about those people” — Tiera Salitros
Tiera Salitros is a design major who is studying abroad in Rome right now through a special program at Iowa State. It’s special because she is technically still going to school at Iowa State this semester even though she is living in Italy.
I recommend listening to this interview if you think studying abroad can be a springboard to do even more travel for a semester. Tiera does a great job of explaining different ways to save during the week in order to explore on the weekends.
We also talk about how studying abroad can serve as a trial run for living in a big city and the benefits of going on a solo trip.
Other than that, all the usuals are in this interview…living arrangements, classes and class structure, and as always an epic travel story.
Finding her way into study abroad [1:50]
All Iowa State: Tiera talks about her unique study abroad experience [2:50]
Her attitude prior to leaving for Rome [5:58]
How living in Rome has changed Tiera’s view of the world [7:19]
Living arrangements and living in Rome (or any big city) [8:12]
Exploring the rest of Europe [11:28]
Tiera’s advice for someone who is thinking about studying abroad [12:26]
Tiera’s study abroad tip to allow you to travel more [13:11]