National Student Exchange (NSE)

FIU Student Testimonials


1. What were the most positive aspects of your exchange experience?

"I was able to immerse myself in Hawaiian culture and truly feel what the Aloha spirit is all about. I met people that I now consider family."
-- Stephan Mothe - FIU - exchange to University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Fall 2008
"The most positive aspect of NSE for me was exposure to and experiencing a new environment. For one semester I was able to live in a completely differnent place, where everything was novel to me. I had to make all my friends from scratch, create a new identity for myself from scratch, I felt like a freshman. It was refreshing!"
-- Ryan Vogel - FIU - exchange to Northern Arizona University Spring 2010
"This exchange program has allowed me to experience new things that I thought I would never do, like Snowboarding, Hiking up mountains, shoveling in the winter, and planting in the spring. I have been up here for a year and have experienced all the seasons change. I can from my own experience say that all the seasons have it's own unique radiance."
-- Natalie Damaso - FIU - exchange to Plymouth State University in New Hampshire 2008-2009

2. What was the most significant change you experienced through NSE participation?

"In Hilo I learned to relax, I met people of lifestyles I could never imagine, and opened my mind to a different understand of the world and each person's place in it."
-- Stephan Mothe - FIU - exchange to University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Fall 2008
"The most significant change I experienced was being a way from home.
I have never been away from my house let alone Miami without my family and friends for longer than two weeks. This experience has made me more self reliant and independent."
-- Natalie Damaso - FIU - exchange to Plymouth State University in New Hampshire 2008-2009
"I realized during my NSE experience the full potential of my career. I learned about so many new career choices that I would have in the future that I was unaware of. I gained skills and certifications that will offer me a wider range of opportunities in my field. I met other people just as excited about the great outdoors and learned how they ahve made a living out of it."
-- Ryan Vogel - FIU - exchange to Northern Arizona University Spring 2010

3. What impact has exchange had on your academic program?

"The courses that I took at NAU, were all upper-division courses, the last few courses I really needed to graduate. My home university does not offer those same or even remotely similar courses, but FIU was still willing to give me credit for them towards my degree."
-- Ryan Vogel - FIU - exchange to Northern Arizona University Spring 2010
"This exchange has given me time to think of the future and put my priorities straight. In the one year I have been in this school I have been offered to be a part of their honors society and my mom loves it."
-- Natalie Damaso - FIU - exchange to Plymouth State University in New Hampshire 2008-2009

4. What impact has exchange had on your career goals or plans for graduate studies?

"NSE allowed me to discover what I want to focus on in graduate school and that is Natural Resource Management. After learning from such experienced professors and speaking with other professionals, I realized there is a lot more to natural areas than simply the science. I want my career to emcompass the social, the biological, and the political aspects of natural protected areas as well."
-- Ryan Vogel - FIU - exchange to Northern Arizona University Spring 2010
"The exchange has given me confidence on my academic career. I have made goals for myself and really think that I can accomplish them.
This school is very hands on in the science program which is what I liked in Miami, but was discouraged and now after this exchange I know for sure that I am in the right major for me."
-- Natalie Damaso - FIU - exchange to Plymouth State University in New Hampshire 2008-2009
"Spending a semester in Post-Katrina New Orleans was a life changing experience. Now, I understand what it feels like to live in a place with high- risk to natural disasters . This experience is inspiring me to continue graduate studies in Geophysics with a focus in the prevention of natural disasters."
-- Corina Robles

5. Would you encourage other students to participate? and why?

"I would encourage independent, responsible, and open-minded students to participate on NSE, because getting out of your comfort zone is the best way to get to know yourself. In the process you will expose yourself to otherwise impossible experiences and reevaluate what you believe about life and humanity."
-- Stephan Mothe - FIU - exchange to University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Fall 2008
"I would definately encourage everybody to participate in NSE, it will change their lives. NSE allows each participant to gain a new perspective on life and especially their career field. Through conversations with locals NSE participants can not only learn about a new culture but can truly experience a new culture. Before this I had nothing to compare my home university to, but now I have built an even deeper appreciation for the blue and gold, that represents F-I-U."
-- Ryan Vogel - FIU - exchange to Northern Arizona University Spring 2010
"I definitely encourage other students to participate in the NSE. I loved it and it has helped me alot to focus and learn new things. It is amazing to see how in the US there is so many differences in how people live and eat. It has been an amazing experience for me and I have learned so much."
-- Natalie Damaso - FIU - exchange to Plymouth State University in New Hampshire 2008-2009
"Yes, to live and study in another place even if it's still inside the United States is a great opportunity to reinvent yourself, evaluate your life, and gain more confidence in your abilities to adapt to a differenT environment and culture."
-- Corina Robles




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