“I explain to students that this is an investment in your future – you are having to navigate all these different things which is going to build confidence, flexibility, adaptability, and networking” — Andria Morse
Andria Morse was so much fun to talk to and learn from in this interview. She currently serves as the Interim Assistant Director of international education at UW-Stout, a comprehensive, polytechnic university about an hour east of Minneapolis.
If you’re thinking about Spain, or specifically Seville – you should tune in for sure. Japan? She’s been there, too.
Andria tells great stories, gives great advice, and approaches the entire study abroad process with a ‘no regret’ mentality.
“You’re never lost, you’re just in a place you’ve never been before” — Andria’s Mom
Andria’s study abroad experience in Spain [1:42]
Backpacking around Europe [2:54]
Asia Bound and Graduate School [3:52]
Andria’s fears prior to leaving for her trip [5:29]
Not having any regrets [7:17]
Getting to the grocery store in Japan [8:48]
Fried eggs over french fries and paella [13:26]
A day in the life studying abroad in Seville [14:52]
“We didn’t have a clue what we were doing. We had no idea where we were going, and it was totally fine” — Jason Kouba
One of the biggest reason people study abroad is to immerse themselves in a country in order to learn a language, and I haven’t had anyone on the show go for this reason until now. While at UW-La Crosse, Jason studied abroad in Seville, Spain during a fall semester in order to sharpen his Spanish skills. He ended up falling in love with international education and decided to make a career out of it.
Jason might actually be ‘coming to a town near you’ because his job entails that he goes to study abroad fairs at different campuses around the country and talks with students (like you) who are thinking about studying abroad.
A quote Jason would like to leave us with:
“Stay true to yourself and be who you are” — Jason’s Grandmother (I think more people should quote their grandparents)
Studying abroad in Seville, Spain [1:36]
Being the first person in his family to travel outside of the United States [1:20]
How studying abroad changed Jason’s view of the world [4:00]
Learning what it’s like to be somewhere and not understand the language [5:01]
Taking a trip on the ‘non plan’ plan [5:42] <- this is what travel is all about to me
Jason’s advice for someone thinking about studying abroad [8:14]
What API does (they take care of pretty much everything) [10:14]