New lifelong friendships
These friendships have been formed not only with my wonderful host family but also with the people from the school, fellow exchange students and my mentors. I now feel comfortable approaching strangers and find it easy to form new friendships. I am no longer as anxious or shy about meeting new people. The building of my interpersonal skills will help me greatly in the future as I feel like I can now communicate easily with anyone.
My career goals
Having six weeks to study at the George Mason University allowed me to find myself and think deeply about what I hope to achieve in the future. The SUSI program gave me the time to decide exactly who and what I want to be. Now I know that what area I should focus more in my career.
Having an opportunity to travel overseas gave me a greater awareness of my own national identity. It also allowed me to widen my perspective and become self-sufficient. I am now always thinking about things from a broader point of view. My world expanded significantly and with it I have expanded as a person.