Students Speak

What do current Global Studies students have to say about their experiences in the program?

Brittany Peterson '14

Hometown: Lewiston, ID
Studied Away in Quito, Ecuador
You never know what it is truly like to be part of another family until they welcome you in with open arms, feed you until you can’t eat any more, and let you in on their inside jokes. My experience in Ecuador introduced me to some of the sweetest, most caring, and most passionate people I’ve ever met.

Tess Raley '14

Hometown: Marysville, WA
Studied Away in India, Egypt, London, and Martinique
“Through the Global Studies program, I have been able to customize my studies and focus in the specific topic (i.e. World Health) that I am interested in. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity for a small school like PLU!”

Mackenzie Carlson

Seattle, WA
Studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic
“Global studies has made me appreciate everything that makes the world really big and everything that makes the world really small”

Caroline Olstad '12

Hometown: Farmington, MN
I appreciate the Global Studies program because all my classmates have really interesting perspectives from all of the places they have traveled!

Kristiana Henderson '12

Hometown:Kent, WA
I love that the Global Studies major is one that can be sculpted by the passions and inspirations you find as part of your education, both at PLU and through studying away. This kind of “choose-your-own-(MEANINGFUL!) adventure” makes for a fascinating capstone seminar.

Sonja Ruud '12

Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Throughout my time at PLU, the Global Studies program has brought me to classrooms on four different continents. Both at home and abroad, I have had the opportunity to learn about world issues with a community of students and professors who have challenged me to see the world from another point of view.

Katy Allen-Schmid '12

Hometown: Kalispell, MT
Quote: “I thought I didn’t like papaya… then I went to Oaxaca.”