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Share Your Experience

If you have studied abroad on a program through North Central College and would like to share your experience with others on this website, please complete the attached I Story form and return to:

Whitney Ewing, Study Abroad Advisor

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Study Abroad I Story Form


Amanda August  August I-Story

Current Year:  Senior

Major:  Music

Program:  NCC-in-England (Canterbury)

One of my most memorable experiences from my time abroad was when I had the opportunity to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour just outside of London. Being a huge fan of the books since childhood, it was a dream come true to see Harry’s magical world come to life before my eyes. Visiting the studio had always been on my bucket list and it’s incredible that I can now say “I’ve been there!”




Emily Bishop Bishop I-Story

Current Year:  Senior

Major:  International Business and Marketing

Program:  Peking University, China and Richter in Japan

During Golden Week in China, everyone has the week off from work due to holidays, so it is the premiere time to travel for many families. As a part of my term in China, I gathered four of my friends, and we all made the trip to the mountains of ZhangJiaJie where Avatar was filmed. As I was the only one in the group that spoke Chinese, it was definitely an adventure. None of us saw another foreigner during our entire trip, and nobody spoke English, including our tour guide. I quickly had to learn the local slang, listen attentively, and focus on times and locations. Our bus driver and tour guide would often drop us off and tell us to meet at another location, so I had to make sure what I heard was correct, or my friends and I would be stranded. In our time there, we were able to sit atop mountains that were thousands of feet in the air, ride in cable cars that gave us an amazing view, and experience the local traditions and customs. It was breathtakingly beautiful, and I was able to give my friends and I an experience they won’t soon forget. I’m so happy I went on this trip because I was able to see a beautiful part of China that few foreigners have ever seen, and everyone returned to Beijing safely.



Maureen Conway  Conway I-Story

Current Year:  Senior

Major:  Psychology

Program:  University of Essex, England

They say that “you’ll never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere; that is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place”. I was immediately immersed in British culture once the plane touched down in London and my life was forever changed. Studying abroad not only gave me the opportunity to experience different countries and cultures, but I met some of the most influential people and have been to the most beautiful places that have ultimately completed me; all it takes is one plane ticket!



Kelsey Nebl  Nebl I-Story

Current Year:  Senior

Major:  Broadcast Communications

Program:  University of Sunderland, England

Before I even got to campus I was meeting other Sunderland students! While waiting for my connecting flight in London, I ran into a guy who was holding a Sunderland book. I asked him about it and he said he was on his way there for study abroad. A girl overheard and said she was going to study abroad in Sunderland as well. That girl ended up being one of my flatmates at our dorms. Those two became my best friends abroad and I'm so glad I was able to find such great people to share all of my amazing experiences with!



Heidi Nelson  Nelson I-Story

Current Year:  Senior

Major:  Elementary Education and Spanish

Program:  NCC-in-Costa Rica and Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas, Peru

Studying abroad in Cusco, Peru has been a definite adventure and one of many highlights during my NCC experience. One of my favorite and craziest memories was completing the 4 day 3 night hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World!!! During the 4 days, I hiked approximately 43 kilometers (26 miles) at a high altitude (with the highest being 4,200 meters (13,800 feet)). And I SURVIVED!!!! Hiking the Inca Trail was absolutely amazing, as well as quite a mental struggle, but it was completely worth it as I was surrounded by the beautiful Andes Mountains, llamas, donkeys, and a great support group of friends from all over the world! Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to discover more about yourself, live and become a part of a rich culture, create unforgettable memories, and form lifetime global friendships along the way.



Ben Redmond Redmond I-Story

Current Year:  Senior

Major:  Biochemistry

Program:  United States International University, Kenya

While in Kenya I interned as a HIV disease counselor in a small clinic close to Nairobi called Uzima. I assisted in support group meetings such as mothers suffering from HIV, as well as helped individuals struggling with this horrible disease. I made amazing relationships with my gracious co-workers and still talk to them today! My time at Uzima has reassured my career goal of becoming a medical doctor. Throughout my time in Kenya I had exciting and rewarding experiences that have truthfully shaped the person I am today!



McKenzie "Mickey" Richards  Richards I-Story

Current Year:  Senior

Major:  English (writing)

Program:  University of Essex, England

Ever since I was a kid, I had always wanted to go to England. My passion for the country stemmed from me reading the Sherlock Holmes stories. When I was 10 years old, I promised myself that I would go to the Sherlock Holmes Museums in London; it wasn't until 11 years later that I would finally get to experience it firsthand. That moment will always be special to me because it affirmed the cliched notion of dreams coming true, you just have to go out there and make it so.



Bethany Rosner Rosner I-Story

Current Year:  Senior

Major:  Psychology

Program:  University of Essex, England

I always knew that I wanted to study abroad, but that did not change the fact that I nervous when I finally left for University of Essex. I was afraid of missing my friends, family, and home. I loved traveling, but I could not even imagine living abroad. I had struggles, but those struggles taught me more than anything I have ever learned sitting in a classroom. I made friends that will last a lifetime, had experiences that I never would have expected, and I learned more about other cultures through firsthand encounters. I pushed myself in ways that I never knew I could and I truly believe that I walked away as a better person. Studying abroad is an experience that I will forever hold close to my heart, it is one that has molded me into the student, friend, worker, and all around person that I am today. Study abroad has so much to offer that it will outweigh any fear you may have in the beginning.



Cassie Sperry  Sperry I-Story

Current Year:  Senior

Major:  Management and Human Resource Managment

Program:  University of Limerick, Ireland

When considering the option to study abroad, I would convince myself there was no way I could do it because I have never been out of the country before and I wouldn't want to miss out on what was happening back home.  Now, looking back on my trip abroad, I have never been more happy with the choice I made to go on my journey to Limerick, Ireland.  The friendships I made overseas are ones I will keep in my heart forever and I wish every day I was back on that island.  Being in Ireland, and Europe in general, you have the luxury to travel anywhere else for a small price, but my favorite memories come from the times I was on campus or roaming the streets in Limerick city.  Whether I was in my host country, or walking around the Christmas market in London, studying abroad has been the best decision of my life thus far.  As a person I have grown to become more independent, cultured and open minded.  Studying abroad will definitely not be the last time I travel abroad!



Carly Johnston

C. Johnston Jordan

Amman, Jordan

"I knew I wanted study abroad to be a life changing, dynamic experience, which is why I chose a program located in the Middle East. Everyone thought I was taking an unnecessary risk based purely off of news, past events, and prejudices, not reality. The truth is I feel completely at home here in Amman, Jordan. I have never been targeted because I'm an American woman, nor have I felt threatened, even in light of recent protests surrounding an anti-Islam movie. My eyes have been opened to not only how skewed and uneducated American views are towards Muslims, the Middle East, and North Africa, but also to what a welcoming, beautiful culture this region of the world has to offer. Along with my Arabic studies and independent research, I am also volunteering at a refugee service, tutoring both the children and the advanced English classes. I'm hoping to return to Amman, Jordan after graduating from North Central College in June 2013."- Carly Johnston




Chase Wiggs

C. Wiggs Spain

Barcelona, Spain

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­"My study abroad experience here in Spain has had its ups and downs. There are those moments where the city of Barcelona is absolutely breath taking and I never want to leave, and then there are moments in which I wonder how I decided to come here. Then there are the moments when I’m having an entire conversation in Spanish with a native Spaniard without any trouble and it makes all those doubts fade away."-Chase Wiggs




Maxine Lange & Elizabeth Stewart

NCC in Costa Rica

Costa Rica 2012

"I believe that this study abroad trip has opened many doors for me. I have had to opportunity to study another language in another country, and while studying I was able to do volunteer work children with special needs. I have also been able to make new friends and experience many new things while in Costa Rica. This has been an experience of a lifetime and it was all possible because of North Central. This school is amazing!"- Maxine Lange

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­"Studying abroad has been an amazing experience. It’s difficult to convey just how much I have enjoyed this experience. From an academic level I’m learning a lot more than I would have in a classroom at NCC. I have to speak Spanish, and often times when I don’t know a word I have to figure out how to get my point across without using that specific word. I’m experiencing a different culture, and I’m learning things that I may have never learned otherwise. I’m also having tons of fun. I’m doing things I would have never even thought of doing back in the United States. I’ve jumped off the top of a waterfall, gone white water rafting, hiked through trails, learned how to dance local dances, and so much more. This experience really has been the best thing I have ever done, and I recommend everyone must study abroad. It’s so much more than just taking a vacation. You’re immersed in the culture in a way most people don’t get to experience."- Elizabeth Stewart




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