Carlos Martens graduated in 2017 with a BA in English Journalism from the University of New Hampshire. During the J-Term of 2017, Martens studied abroad in London, England.
COLA: Describe your biggest pre departure challenges? Did you have any idea to what living in your host destination would be like?
Being a non-traditional student, I have traveled a lot already prior to this trip. I honestly did not have any challenges and I did know what to expect for the most part.
COLA: What were the initial differences in your host destination versus America?
The people were more different then they are here in America
COLA: What has been the biggest challenge you faced abroad?
The biggest challenge I faced was actually coming back to America and the adjustment I had to then deal with again.
COLA: Describe the adjustment process like when you arrived in your host destination?
I just began to meet as many people as possible.
COLA: What advice could you share with other students regarding adjusting?
COLA: What was your most rewarding moment when you were abroad?
COLA: What changes have you/your guardians/friends seen in yourself after your study abroad experience?
COLA: What were your thoughts when you were sitting on the plane to your host destination? What about the plane ride back to America?
COLA: What challenges did you face when you returned home/back to UNH if any? How did your friends and family react to stories of your experience abroad?
COLA: Did you experience culture shock at all? If so, describe how you dealt with this?