Press Release -- University of Louisiana at Monroe graduate student, Chris Collins, recently returned from the trip of a lifetime—a five month stay in Daejon, South Korea where he attended Hanbat National University (HNU) as part of a collaborative exchange agreement between the Korean university and ULM.
“I loved it; it was fantastic,” he said. “The best part was just the new environment. The city is so large and it’s similar to the way I would visualize
Collins lived in the HNU international student dorms with students from across the globe. He took language classes, but was also utilized in other areas. He was commissioned to teach English courses, lead conversation groups, and hold private tutoring lessons with many of the resident HNU students.
Collins, who will graduate in December with a Master of Science degree in Psychology, said he was immersed in English each day of his trip. His plan is to ultimately move to
“In January 2014 when a group of exchange students came to
Collins appreciates the collaboration, as his time in Daejon was made more comfortable by his professors.
“I was the only American student, and my professors were extremely accommodating,” he said. “I had a professor who was very concerned with my well-being and that made a big difference.”
Collins wants to encourage other students to apply for the university’s exchange programs in order to experience life and education beyond the confines of
“Go for it and get experience,” he said. “Each trip I take abroad I learn something about myself. After you come back home after being out of your comfort zone, you learn to really appreciate what you have, but you also learn that there’s so much more in the world. An exchange program helps you to broaden your mind and widen your perspective on life. If you want to learn and grow, you should try an exchange program.”
Collins earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from
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