Meet Nina Schoonover

Program and Location:

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

Why did you choose to study abroad?

I chose to study abroad to connect with researchers conducting work in my field of study around the world. As well, travel brings into perspective our own lives back home which opens the door for further inquiry.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I have more energy than I thought!

What was one of your favorite parts of your program?

I enjoyed getting to know the fellow students traveling from NC State. As we were all part of the College of Education, we had some insightful and powerful conversations about what we were learning on the trip and what knowledge we were bringing back home.

What advice do you have to future study abroad students?

Be flexible and understanding! Travel isn’t easy, but it can be amazing when you don’t limit yourself to a narrow perspective.

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

Through studying abroad, I learned about numerous ways to participate in international research opportunities. For my career, this has opened up doors of possibly living, studying, and working abroad in my future.

Would you do it again?