Mariah Meador

About My Study Abroad Program

Major/Minor: Biology/Chemistry&Neuroscience
Program: Science in Scandinavia
Location: Lund, Sweden
Email: mameador@live.unc.edu
Term: Summer 2019

 

Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
It was a STEM course I needed for my major and it was available over the summer. As a STEM major, I would not be able to study abroad during a fall or spring semester, so finding a science course during the summer was the perfect match.

 

What did you learn about yourself?
That I am adaptable and more adventurous than I thought I was. I learned that I can learn another language with no prior exposure to it, and live a day-to-day life in the country I lived.

 

What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
Going to a quarry with my entire class. We jumped, climbed, and cooked out and it was a wonderful adventure.

 

What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
If you are considering doing it, please do it! Have fun and enjoy the local customs and traditions. Get close with your classmates, they can help you study and explore this new area with you. Also, get to know your professor. You are in a small-sized course, you have more visibility in the classroom, make yourself known and establish a good relationship with your professor(s) as well.

 

Would you do it again?
100% yes, I miss it so much!

 

How were your classes abroad different than if you would have taken them at UNC?
I was able to take a chemistry course with only 15 students in it. I got to talk more in lecture, and meet individually with my professor every single day. It was so much more personal having such a small lecture size, and I truly think I benefited from that.

 

How do you identify?
LGBTQ+, Rural County Resident

 

Could you share any experiences where your identity played a role in your time abroad?
I was the only queer person in my study abroad group, but the country we went to is VERY queer friendly.

 

Is there any advice you would give to other students who share your identity?
Stress less. Everything is going to work out totally fine! Definitely spend time studying the material, but don't skimp out on adventuring with friends/classmates as well.

 

If you faced any challenges abroad, where could you turn to get the support you needed?
My professor.

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