Alexandra Yllanes

Briefly describe your applied learning experience

I studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland for the Fall 2016 semester. While abroad, I took classes that closely aligned with my minor, psychology. I studied substance misuse over the lifespan and treating young adults using psychological interventions. I also took a wine studies course which was tons of fun (and very informative)!

Did you receive any grants or other funding for your applied learning experience?
OIP Education Abroad Grant
How did you get involved in this applied learning experience and what did you hope to gain from it?

I had always been interested in traveling but never had the guts to do it. Deciding to study abroad turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself. I hoped to gain a better understanding of the world and a better understanding of myself.

What did you gain from this experience? What was challenging? What did you learn?

The experience was incredibly challenging, terrifying, nerve-wracking… but also incredibly rewarding. I was more proud of myself in these 4 short months than I have ever been! I navigated through foreign airports and cities and communicated with others with little knowledge of the language. I formed lasting friendships and met amazing people who challenged my preconceptions of the world. I stepped into a world of discomfort and uncertainty and it inspired me to grow.

In what way will this experience make you a more viable candidate when you are seeking a job or applying for graduate study?

    As I prepare to graduate with a degree in Public Health and a concentration in Global Health- I have no doubts that my time abroad will set me apart. I evolved as a global citizen. I continually challenge myself to see the world in a different light. I immersed myself completely into each culture I was lucky enough to be a part of. I have a better understanding of the world that surrounds me and a hunger to learn more about it.