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I was able to take two different courses, one on economics and one on political science, which has helped me progress towards earning my double major in both of these subjects.
Additionally, my time abroad exposed me to so many new identities and opinions. I have truly grown as a person and become more aware of the world around me. This growth stems from meeting people from all over the world in my programs and in the cities that the programs were held in. Stockholm and Athens widened my world view and taught me lessons that I will take with me for the rest of my life.
Studying abroad did not greatly affect my own identities but it did make me much more aware of other’s identities. At Michigan, it is so easy to be around fellow students who have a very similar background or share the same interests as me. While I was abroad I was exposed to many different beliefs and identities I had previously been overlooking because it is so easy to never venture outside of your own bubble.
I will be taking this increased awareness back to Michigan, where I hope to use it to improve the organizations that I am a part of. I also think it will make me a better student as I can now evaluate information from others points of views. Overall, this program allowed me the opportunity to grow as a person and become more aware of myself and others. This is something that I hope every University of Michigan student gets the chance to do.