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“The fact that I lived in the heart of the city, took public transportation, and ate at local spots, made this trip an immersive experience. I shared an apartment with two other RU1st students across the street from the Eiffel Tower. One of the challenges we had while abroad was shopping for groceries and cooking dinner nightly. Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world and Europe portion sizes are a lot smaller than we are used to in the United States. My apartment mates and I had to be strategic with our spending to maximize the amount of food we bought and be resourceful when preparing dinner. I feel like this experience challenged us to handle our money wisely and it also made us operate like true Europeans. While abroad we had to take shorter showers, recycle all materials, respect the citywide quiet hours, and wash our clothes in a certain way. This was different than what we were used to, as France is much more environmentally conscious than the United States. I find Parisians to be resourceful, less wasteful, and more caring towards their neighbors. Among the new knowledge of art abroad, this mindfulness of environment and community is definitely an aspect of my experience that I plan to take home with me.”
“I remember back in early October I had to submit a $500 deposit to secure my place in this amazing program to study abroad in Ecuador. I knew that I would not be able to go unless I got a scholarship from the Rutgers Center for Global Education, along with the scholarship from SEBS. Because the Galapagos is so strict about who gets in and out, and when, our deposit was due especially early. I took a big risk putting that deposit down, since I knew I would lose the $500 and not be able to attend the trip if I didn’t receive the scholarships. I am so glad that I had faith in myself and took this risk. I received both the scholarships I needed and had the chance to embark on the adventure of a lifetime."
"Leading up to the program, the biggest challenge for me was, by far, finances. The price-tag was formidable, and I had only menial savings left over after tuition loan payments. I credit my eventual success partly to the mindset I maintained throughout the process that it is not impossible. I went on a search for scholarships. Luckily, my academic success and extracurricular involvement are boons when searching for aid, and I managed to find three substantial scholarships from institutions around Rutgers that helped me pay for nearly all of the program's cost (though I applied to many more)."
"Most of my peers in the trip have families that are very well-off. I am a first-generation student and minority so that is not the case for me. I paid for most of the trip through scholarships from Douglass and from the Center for Global Education. I work hard to have a high GPA that will help me receive scholarships from Douglass and they have given me the opportunity to afford a trip like this. I know more of the world now than my parents who are very proud of me and eternally supportive. I am excited to go back home and share my experience with them and other EOF students at Rutgers like myself."