Kacey Pietz

Major: Early childhood education
Class: Junior
Timeframe: May 2018- June 2018
Type of Experience: Faculty-Led Program
Destination: Denmark

Overall Experience

This program by only changed my outlook on my professional career, but also my day to day life. I took in the Danish culture by listening to lectures from people of all walks of life, exploring each city, and building relationships with my classmates. My favorite lecture came from Henrik as our time with him felt extremely hygge. Overall, I really enjoyed my time on this study abroad.

Learning experience

The afternoon and evening spent with Henrik provided the most valuable learning experience for me. He went above and beyond to make our group take in the Danish culture. He taught me so much in one afternoon and I couldn’t be more thankful for his gratitude.

Memorable experience

My favorite memory from this trip was spending my birthday with people I barely knew two weeks prior. I became so close with everyone on the trip and each one of them made my birthday extra special.

What did you not expect?

I didn’t expect to become as close as I did with all of my classmates. The girls I traveled with really made the trip better than I ever could’ve imagined. In the future, I will continue to find value in building relationships. As for my profession, I believe it is especially important children learn how to build and sustain relationships.

What advice would you give?

Be present and open to all opportunities. One can learn something new in every situation.

How has this experience impacted your life?

As a future educator, happiness is a main goal of mine for all of my students. I want to build a classroom where everyone is welcomed and valued. This experience showed me how possible my goal is. I also am able to apply different aspects of the Danish culture to my personal life.

How did you learn about this experience?

Dr. Hillman spoke to one of my HD FS classes.

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