When you are uprooted into a completely new setting, you have to learn how to adapt and adjust and still perform.
Haroula Tzamaras is a mechanical engineering major who studied abroad through the Clark School for six months in Singapore at Nanyang Technological University.
I really wanted to go to Singapore and I was passionate about learning more about the country and the culture.
I think the best thing I learned from study abroad, that I wouldn’t have learned if I had stayed at the University of Maryland, was how to approach engineering situations and projects when you are in a situation that is unfamiliar to you.
At Maryland, everything is pretty comfortable, and you are very used to the people and the setting. But when you are uprooted into a completely new setting, you have to learn how to adapt and adjust and still perform. That’s the best thing I learned from study abroad.
My personal highlight was all the traveling I was able to do while I was there. Singapore is in the heart of Southeast Asia, so I was able to go to Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and beyond. It was amazing to be able to see such a big section of the world in just six months.