Share Your Story

Your stories help bring to life the real-world value of international education. Storytelling also plays a big role in helping us drive the national debate on the issues that matter to you, and to encourage newcomers to join Connecting Our World.

Not Sure Where to Begin?

The best stories are personal. Keep it short, and add pictures or videos if you can. See a list of tips for the best stories

  • Your study abroad experience, or your dream of studying abroad. Why is studying abroad important? How does it change lives and educate students for the future?
  • Your experience as an international educator. Tell us about one of your students, a unique program, or how your community is positively impacted by international education.
  • An international service learning experience such as the Peace Corps or exchange program.
  • Your immigration story. Tell us about what it’s like to be an undocumented student, or how the DREAM Act would help someone you know get access to higher education.
  • Your experience as a foreign student or scholar in the United States. How has it affected you personally and academically, or changed your understanding of America or your host country?
  • Why you are an advocate for international education.

There may be a slight lag time in getting your story posted, but we will notify you as soon as it’s available. Trouble submitting? Need to report an inappropriate posting? Let us know.

Share Your Thoughts

Heads up! You are attempting to upload an invalid image. If saved, this image will not display with your comment.

Add a video:
Paste the URL of your YouTube video in the box
below and add the letter v right after the http.
Ex) httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjwkD4BiEio

(required)

(required, but will not be published)


13 People Have Shared a Story

  1. the venus factor

    http://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspthe venus factorhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlvenus factorhttp://nkcameraclub.org/thevenusfactor.htmvenus factorhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlvenus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/CustomizedFatLoss.htmlcustomized fat loss reviewhttp://nuttyb.com/wp/primalburn.htmlprimal burnhttp://stockmechanics.com/rte/FactorQuemaGrasa.htmfactor quema grasahttp://fruitbowldigital.com/m/thevenusfactor.htmlvenus factorhttp://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspvenus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/OldSchoolNewBody.htmlold school new body review

    Share this story with your friends:
    Permalink

  2. venus factor

    http://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspthe venus factorhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlthe venus factorhttp://nkcameraclub.org/thevenusfactor.htmthe venus factorhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlthe venus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/CustomizedFatLoss.htmlcustomized fat loss reviewhttp://nuttyb.com/wp/primalburn.htmlprimal burnhttp://stockmechanics.com/rte/FactorQuemaGrasa.htmfactor quema grasahttp://fruitbowldigital.com/m/thevenusfactor.htmlthe venus factorhttp://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspthe venus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/OldSchoolNewBody.htmlold school new body review

    Share this story with your friends:
    Permalink

  3. factor quema grasa

    http://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspthe venus factor reviewhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlvenus factorhttp://nkcameraclub.org/thevenusfactor.htmvenus factorhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlvenus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/CustomizedFatLoss.htmlCustomized Fat Losshttp://nuttyb.com/wp/primalburn.htmlprimal burnhttp://stockmechanics.com/rte/FactorQuemaGrasa.htmfactor quema grasahttp://fruitbowldigital.com/m/thevenusfactor.htmlvenus factorhttp://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspvenus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/OldSchoolNewBody.htmlold school new body

    Share this story with your friends:
    Permalink

  4. venus factor

    http://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspthe venus factor reviewhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlthe venus factorhttp://nkcameraclub.org/thevenusfactor.htmthe venus factorhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlthe venus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/CustomizedFatLoss.htmlcustomized fat loss reviewhttp://nuttyb.com/wp/primalburn.htmlprimal burnhttp://stockmechanics.com/rte/FactorQuemaGrasa.htmfactor quema grasahttp://fruitbowldigital.com/m/thevenusfactor.htmlthe venus factorhttp://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspthe venus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/OldSchoolNewBody.htmlold school new body review

    Share this story with your friends:
    Permalink

  5. customized fat loss review

    http://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspthe venus factorhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlvenus factorhttp://nkcameraclub.org/thevenusfactor.htmvenus factorhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlvenus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/CustomizedFatLoss.htmlcustomized fat loss reviewhttp://nuttyb.com/wp/primalburn.htmlPrimal Burn Reviewshttp://stockmechanics.com/rte/FactorQuemaGrasa.htmfactor quema grasahttp://fruitbowldigital.com/m/thevenusfactor.htmlvenus factorhttp://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspvenus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/OldSchoolNewBody.htmlold school new body review

    Share this story with your friends:
    Permalink

  6. Primal Burn Reviews

    http://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspthe venus factor reviewhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlthe venus factorhttp://nkcameraclub.org/thevenusfactor.htmthe venus factorhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlthe venus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/CustomizedFatLoss.htmlCustomized Fat Losshttp://nuttyb.com/wp/primalburn.htmlPrimal Burn Reviewshttp://stockmechanics.com/rte/FactorQuemaGrasa.htmfactor quema grasahttp://fruitbowldigital.com/m/thevenusfactor.htmlthe venus factorhttp://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspthe venus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/OldSchoolNewBody.htmlold school new body

    Share this story with your friends:
    Permalink

  7. old school new body

    http://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspthe venus factor reviewhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlthe venus factorhttp://nkcameraclub.org/thevenusfactor.htmthe venus factorhttp://glenfarmstables.com/thevenusfactor.htmlthe venus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/CustomizedFatLoss.htmlcustomized fat loss reviewhttp://nuttyb.com/wp/primalburn.htmlPrimal Burn Reviewshttp://stockmechanics.com/rte/FactorQuemaGrasa.htmfactor quema grasahttp://fruitbowldigital.com/m/thevenusfactor.htmlthe venus factorhttp://chillibugs.co.uk/dt/venusfactor.aspthe venus factorhttp://silomlofts.com/OldSchoolNewBody.htmlold school new body

    Share this story with your friends:
    Permalink

  8. Kerianne Baylor

    There’s a sense of relativity that comes from living in a culture unlike your own. Everything is relative. Understanding other perspectives is accomplished by seeing where others come from and how they have flourished in another country.

    I’ve always been intrigued by others; learning about people -- how they speak, what they eat, things they do -- is, in my opinion, the best way to learn and to understand. I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain with Academic Programs International (API) because of my passion for the Spanish language and my obsession with Spanish culture. Communicating in a foreign language was challenging, but rewarding. It humbles you: You stumble on words, falter with pronunciation and resort to charades. But these experiences make you grow.

    The year I spent abroad changed everything. I had a traditional outlook on how my life would progress. But not now. I have no idea where life will take me, but I accept the exhilarating thrill in not knowing. I have realized the importance of international exchange because of its lasting impact on my perspective.

    I learned that life is an adventure, that you can’t expect to know how things will pan out, and that you learn by doing, by seeing, and by experiencing. I seek a future filled with travel and new people, places and experiences. With my sincerest thanks to API, I am so blessed to have been able to live, study and learn in Spain. I would have never been humbled in my outlook on life had I not spent a year abroad. And I am excited to see where my sense of adventure will take me.

    Share this story with your friends:
    Permalink

  9. Emily Shea

    After having traveled to Portugal, Greece, and Turkey during high school, I knew that I wanted to study abroad during college. I had the incredible opportunity to spend three weeks in London during the Olympics, through the generosity of the US-UK Fulbright Commission. I learned so much in such a short time. I studied the history of the Olympics and their impact on their host cities, while watching the international sporting event unfold right in front of my eyes. I was so moved by the sense of togetherness and unity I felt with people who were from all over the world; everyone was at peace with one another, brought together by the Olympic spirit.

    Almost immediately after I returned from London, I had planned another trip. For this one, I had spent months researching possible destinations, my desk piled high with study abroad booklets, but I ultimately decided to go to Costa Rica with Academic Programs International (API). I was attracted to everything about it – the warm weather, the “Pura Vida” lifestyle, and the fact that they do not have an army. I was not disappointed. I met some of the most wonderful ticos, including my host family, who made me feel so at home. Navigating a new culture and country led to a great deal of personal growth and made me more confident in my abilities and myself. These experiences living and traveling abroad have left me with a wanderlust I don’t think will ever be satisfied, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Share this story with your friends:
    Permalink

  10. Ariel Stickles

    I have had the travel bug from a young age and I had been waiting for the moment when I would get the chance to study abroad. I spent a semester in Seville, Spain living with a host family and immersing myself completely in the culture. I have nothing but positive things to say about my time abroad and my program provider API, Academic Programs International.. Although at points my time abroad it was challenging, it was the best experience I have ever had. Not only did I change and grow as a person I feel more directed in the path of where I want my life to go and the steps I will need to get there.

    As I start my senior year in college I have many questions about what is next for me swirling around in my head. When I feel overwhelmed I take a moment to right a letter to my host mother back in Seville and tell her about my life. She is such a beautiful women, who welcomed me as her own child into her home, and treated me as if I had lived with her my entire life. When I began my study abroad journey I made sure to go with no expectations of what I though Spain would be or Europe in general and because of that I was able to fully assimilate to life as a Sevilliano. The places I saw, the people I met the things I had the opportunity to do are incomparable and hard to put into words. The girl who left at the beginning of semester is completely different then the women who returned.

    Looking back at the times I tested my limits, and stepped outside my comfort zone make me proud. Not only did I challenge myself academically but I challenged myself mentally and have no regrets from my time abroad. I yearn to go back to Spain, or to Europe in general and feel that thrill of waiting in an Airport terminal, ordering food in a different language and grasping every moment as it comes at you. The education I received outside the classroom was one that will translate and stick with me my entire life. There is nothing more exhilarating then finding yourself lost in a foreign city, with a map, a camera and a lot of courage.

    The best time of my life so far has been my time in Seville, Spain. I will never let go of that time and it will stick with me in my heart, traveling around as my companion. I want to thank API for giving me the chance to find out who I am, to see the world through a whole new set of eyes and for inspiring me to follow my dreams.

    Share this story with your friends:
    Permalink

  11. Natalie Brady

    Sometimes we discover our calling in the most unexpected places. Mine was when I traveled to Spain in 2010. I never thought I would, but I felt at home in a place where I had never been and had no real relation to. I changed my major in college because I knew I loved the Spanish lifestyle so much. I knew I had to go back, so I returned to Madrid in the fall of 2012 to study abroad with Academic Programs International (API). Seeing everything for the second time had more meaning to me because I could put all of the history and cultural context that I had learned at college into the physical landmarks.

    When you go abroad though, you learn not only about the places you go to, but about yourself. I learned not only how to be patient with myself, but also how to enjoy life and what happiness truly meant to me. Those little moments of euphoria popped up throughout the semester, but the big wave of it came around Christmastime surrounded by beautiful light displays, wonderful people, and sinfully good food. I cried more over leaving Spain than I did about leaving home. Like I said, you’ll know your calling when it comes. For me, Spain isn’t a far off place I just visited; it’s my second home. I never said and will never say goodbye to it, only “hasta luego”.

    Share this story with your friends:
    Permalink

  12. Samantha Lord

    When I arrived in Paris, January 4th 2013, I was exhausted from the 10 hours spent traveling, I missed my family and my friends, and I had a bowling ball in my stomach worrying about what I had gotten myself into. Five months in a foreign country where I know not a single person? Can someone remind me why I signed up for this? I was so irrationally anxious about what was going to happen, I wasn’t able to eat anything that day.

    My mindset changed so rapidly, I hardly realized what happened.

    I studied abroad with Academic Programs International (API). I was greeted at the airport by one of our lovely resident directors and some of the other students in my program (who would later be my closest friends). We took a cab from the Airport and I saw the city of Paris for the first time. In that moment, I realized why I had studied abroad.

    As time went on, I missed home less and less, I loved my new friends more and more, and I suddenly found it unimaginable to ever leave Paris.

    Study abroad is important to me because I learned so much about myself and I grew as a person. I became more independent and open to new situations. I experienced French culture as I met locals and learned more about the world when I met other international travelers. I realized just how important it is to have a global mindset, to take chances, and to tackle life’s challenges.

    I arrived in France nervous and intimidated. I left feeling culturally enriched and more confident. The experience I had with API in France means everything to me. If only I knew how amazing my time would be when I first stepped off that plane, I would have been able to eat that croissant.

    Share this story with your friends:
    Permalink

  13. Christine O'Dea

    I have always known that I wanted to study abroad during my college career, and when the time came to finally apply, I realized that I knew almost nothing about the process and all of the programs out there. Somehow I found API (Academic Programs International), and I could not be more proud to be an API student.

    The spring semester of 2013 that I spent in Sevilla, Spain, was without a doubt the best time of my life so far. In those five months, I learned so much more about the world and all of the people in it than I have in the last twenty years. I learned about people and how we are all the same no matter where we come from, and I learned that it is our responsibility to share these positive experiences with each other in order to encourage global awareness, international education, cultural tolerance, and acceptance in general.

    Life and travel are both beautiful things, and I think they would be nothing without people. After my time as a Cultural Liaison Correspondent with API Study Abroad, I realized that one of my missions in life is to be a Cultural Liaison for life. I hope to share knowledge and stories, and I hope to encourage everyone else to do the same.

    Thank you API for helping me come to these grand conclusions about life and the big picture through travel and introducing me to the importance of international education.

    Share this story with your friends:
    Permalink