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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

Notes from Abroad: Annika in the Netherlands

Annika Daley ’19 is a double major in Psychology and Neuroscience who is studying in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Hi, I’m Annika Daley and I’m currently a junior at Lake Forest College. I am majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience and have the amazing opportunity to be studying abroad at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands this semester!

Radboud University has a medical institute associated with the school, and for one of my classes on Cognitive Neuroimaging techniques we got to go into the medical center and see the equipment there and how they operate first-hand, which is an experience I wouldn’t have gotten at Lake Forest. Being able to take classes where PhD students working at the medical institute come and help us design experiments just like they do at Radboudumc is an academic experience that I will be able to apply in my future academic career and I am so very thankful for that.

One of the greatest things I have experienced so far is meeting and becoming friends with people from all around the world! The first week I was in the Netherlands I took part in an International Student Orientation and got to meet and bond with so many people from different places. Spending time with people from other cultures is my favorite part of being abroad, because I am learning so much more about other cultures and ways of life outside the US. Although the cultural differences sometimes make things difficult (like trying to make dinner plans with Spanish people – who normally eat around 10PM) I think it makes this experience more genuine.

I decided to study abroad because I love to travel and more importantly learn new things that I would never experience back home, and while I am experiencing many things from the Dutch culture, spending time with other international students has so far given me so many more cultural experiences to learn from. Varying from learning simple words from a lot of languages, to cooking meals for each other and tasting food from around the world, or dancing to popular songs from different countries every time I am with new friends here I am learning something new. These new experiences with all these amazing people are memories I will cherish forever.

I am so grateful for this chance to have such new and exciting experiences abroad and am so thankful for The Atterbury Family Annual Scholarship for helping make this possible for me!