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Published on May 6, 2010

Renee Hemmelgarn: I studied abroad in Luxembourg.
Laura Flamm: I studied abroad for a semester so four months in South Africa.
Megan Sabal: I applied and went to Australia for a whole semester through a program called sit, the school for international training.
Andy Stiebler: I was able to study abroad in Australia where I went to the international college of management in Sydney.

Renee Hemmelgarn: For my independent study I went to a little town called Beckerich which is um in Luxembourg, and I, basically just visited, their, they used, it was a bio-gas facility. So they had a union of farmers that would bring all of there waste to this facility and then that would generate heat and like hot water for the surrounding like 3 or 4 small towns. So it was just a really good model of just bringing a community together and being very effective with there waste and um yeah, it was really neat to see and Im hoping to bring that back into a couple small towns in Ohio and incorporate that into my senior project.

Laura Flamm: I actually ended up, I guess you could say interning at a brule clinic, and looked at their prevention of mother to child transmission of aids program and the way that they counsel women to feed their infants when they are pregnant and tested and find that they are HIV positive. And that part of it was really special for me because you realize how much you learned in that classroom part, and you were able to apply it. A um had all of this freedom to pursue your own interests so that was really cool.

Andy Stiebler: This experience really um gave me a great opportunity to take classes, which, werent offered by Miami University um in event management. Where I was always going out in the field in Sydney helping manage and organize different events. So it was really cool to see um how large cities, plan logistically for these events and um my course work not only was just theoretical based but also um practiced in the field at various gala events and the world youth day event.

Megan Sabal: So I was based in like the north tropics of Australia. And um we would do like a rain forest unit where we lived in the rain forest and walked around and learned about it. I had a unit where we camped um with some aboriginal elders and we talked about cultural issues, both like past history and like current contemporary issues for them. Um and I also spent a week on a marine field station on the great barrier reef um and got to learn about the marine ecology of the area. So those were just like amazing opportunities and like taught me so life skills as far as fieldwork and ecology. Um and it was a blast and I go to, I retained all that information because I got to see it and be in it!

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