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Study abroad scholarship recipient reflects on Vietnam

August 30, 2012

Study abroad student Lane Brugman reflects on his experience in Vietnam.

Eating phá for breakfast or walking through ancient pagodas is not something I ever imagined myself doing. This, and other things, became routine during my study abroad experience in Vietnam. The experiences I had while abroad, the people I met and the perspective I gained would never have occurred if I had not made the decision to get on a plane bound for Asia.

My time abroad was spent studying at Foreign Trade University, which is located in the heart of Hanoi, the capital and cultural hub of Vietnam. All of my classes were in English, but my Vietnamese friends always forced me to practice my language skills after class. I had never realized how tough it would be to print off an assignment in a different language; now I know.

I cannot talk about my experience without mentioning my incredible host family. My stay with a host family exposed me to so many different parts of the Vietnamese culture, none more so than the cuisine. Simply put, the food is incredible, and I miss my host mom’s cooking very much. There are so many aspects of study abroad and I have not the words for many of the experiences. What I can say is that I am so thankful for my experience and grateful to all of the amazing people that I met along the way.

We, as the student body of Colorado State University, are very lucky to have an active and engaged study abroad department. One of the reasons I was able to study abroad was the financial support that I received from CSU. The application for the OIP Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship was simple and straightforward and only took a few days to complete. Receiving the OIP Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship helped me financially while showing the value that CSU places on studying abroad and gaining global perspective.

Just go study abroad!
Lane Brugman

About Lane Brugman

Lane Brugman is junior in construction management and Spanish. He studied at FTU in Vietnam during the spring of 2012. He was a recipient of the Office of International Programs Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship, which helped fund his experience.

Learn more about study abroad

Students can get their questions about study abroad scholarships answered at the Study Abroad Scholarship Panel Discussion Thursday, Sept. 6 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Commons Room in Laurel Hall.

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at the Study Abroad Fair Friday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Ballrooms. 

Contact: Julia Helminiak
Phone: (970) 491-6342