Meet Stephanie: ASP&E Ambassador

Year at MSU: Junior
Area of Study: Social Work

What are you watching/reading right now?
I am currently reading My Kind of Crazy, and watching a few different shows including: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Rick and Morty, and The Vampire Diaries.

Where did you study abroad? Where have you traveled?
I studied abroad in Mexico over this past Spring Break. We were working with nonprofit organizations to help vulnerable populations. I worked with homeless elderly citizens.

I have also traveled with my family a lot for leisure. We have been to Italy, the UK, France, and Canada.

What’s a favorite memory you have from traveling?
I really love my family travel trips because of how close we get and how comical we all are when we’re together. I also love seeing different cultures and seeing the beauty of places like Europe that have so much history.IMG_0677

I also really loved my study abroad group because we all grew very close and really got to know everyone. We made so many hilarious memories and I still get to hang out with them a lot during the school year.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer, in Michigan?
I love going to the beach with friends and going up north with family. I also love kayaking!

Why did you choose MSU for your studies?
I’ve grown up next to MSU and I loved how big it is. I really struggled with figuring out what I wanted to do and I liked that MSU has so many options that I could explore. It was and still is the best fit for me, without a doubt.

What was something about MSU that surprised you?
It has really opened my eyes in a lot of ways. I grew up in a small, conservative town, and I didn’t get to experience much diversity of thought or background. I love how diverse MSU is and how we talk about social issues and different perspectives, which is something I never experienced in high school. I was also shocked at how big my classes are, at first, because my high school graduating class only had 90 people in it, but I’m used to it now and I really enjoy my classes here, not all of them are like the 300-person lecture halls I had my Freshman year.

Where do you hope to travel to next?
I would absolutely love to travel to Thailand with a service organization called GIVE. They work with in-need communities to build schools, water wells, and irrigation systems, really anything the community wants and needs. They also work with elephant conservation and explore the culture of Thailand. It’s such a gorgeous place, I won’t be able to stay away for too much longer once I graduate.

I also am going to the Grand Canyon again in October to hike it with my childhood best friend and our dads, which is a trip that has been a huge dream of mine for as long as I can remember.

Typically, do you over-pack or under-pack on a trip?
I definitely over-pack. Better safe than sorry.

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Interested in learning more about our programs and exchanges? Take a look at our website, americansemester.msu.edu, where you can find a variety of resources.
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