Senior, Industrial Design
From: Salem, South Dakota
Study abroad semester: Spring 2016 (February – June)
Studied abroad at: Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
Why did you decide to study abroad?
I wanted to get out of the Midwest and feel the thrill of a new place, to get a different perspective of how industrial design is taught and to have fun!
How did you choose the location?
I was initially looking at going to Europe, but after a conversation with an ISU faculty member I began searching for places that I would be less likely to visit after college. Massey University had an incredibly nice design school with amazing spaces to find your creativity, was affordable and provided the outdoor activities I was looking for.
What did you study while in New Zealand?
I took three courses: Product Development, Brand Communication and Designing Science Fiction. The Designing Science Fiction course was my favorite because we got to see what goes into Sci-Fi prop making. It was cool to see the abstraction that goes into the work and how Sci-Fi is different from fantasy. The abstract thinking was different from anything I would have been exposed to at ISU.
What was a highlight of your experience?
Being spontaneous with travel plans. I went alone, but I met other Americans there and we traveled in small groups across New Zealand. Hitchhiking was approved of and pretty common and I met so many interesting people this way. It was cool seeing how other people from different parts of the world think differently. A group of us completed a 12-mile hike to Ruapehu Mountain (Mt. Doom), a film location for “The Lord of the Rings,” with little pre-planning and it was really affordable.
What did you learn about yourself?
The unknown is more exciting than daunting now. It helped me grow tenfold from who I was before I left. Going abroad has made me feel like I could have a job anywhere. In addition, it helped me see that prioritizing your personal goals makes you a better student. Grades and classes aren’t everything; it’s important to strive for personal and academic growth in life.
What advice would you give others who are considering studying abroad?
Do it. Even if you 20% want to go, you do it.
November 29, 2016 2:19 pmShow all profiles