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Meet Nada Wafa

Program and Location:

Finland and Estonia: Developing Collaborative Research Partnerships; Various locations in Finland and Estonia

Why did you choose to study abroad?

To explore and research the Finnish and Estonian Education System

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned to trust myself a lot more as well as other people too.

What was one of your favorite parts of your program?

Visiting the schools and intermingling with students. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet teachers, administration, and public affair officials.

What advice do you have to future study abroad students?

Embrace all the opportunities and experiences! Take the time to learn about the country and people. Build connections and get to know the locals!

How did your study abroad experience prepare you for your future career?

It’s provided a lot of insight on what I can help in improving our education system in Wake County.

Were you surprised by anything during your time abroad?

There were a few things, but nothing major.

How were your classes abroad different than if you would have taken them at NC State? Did you take any field trips or do anything outside of the traditional classroom?

Yes, I visited another school on my last day in Finland, and it was a remarkable experience. I was invited by a teacher I met through a connection here in Raleigh, and when I met her, she invited me to visit their school on the last day. It was amazing seeing the other side of the coin!

Would you do it again?


In what ways did your identity have an impact on your experience abroad?

I’m a Muslim, so there aren’t many in the countries where we went, but it didn’t really affect in any way. I would stay positive about everything, talk to everyone, and it wasn’t much of an issue.

Where did you find support to navigate any challenges you faced abroad?

My NCSU group and professors were wonderful and very supportive 🙂