Meet the CETCA Team
Get to know the 2020 CET Campus Ambassadors (CETCAs)! Connect with these program alumni and learn about their experiences abroad—chat about classroom environments, local roommates, or even what it was like to intern in another country. There’s no better way to learn about studying abroad than to strike up a conversation with someone who has been there.
“Home. That is what my program site, Osaka, became for me. The teachers and staff became like parents to me, offering support at every angle. Living with Japanese roommates gave me friends so close, they’ll forever be my sibling. And the language pledge led me to practicing Japanese to the point it came naturally, like my own mother tongue.” Contact Ava >
“I gained a lot of confidence in myself after this program. The fears and uncertainty I had eventually faded every time I did something by myself, even something so small as grocery shopping or ordering food for myself. When things didn’t go well and I made mistakes or couldn’t communicate in Japanese or became embarrassed, I realized that how I chose to react would define myself not only to the other but to myself. Through my joyful and difficult times, I gained the power to realize I could choose to be a person I could be proud to be.” Contact Camille >
“As I boarded my Hello Kitty plane, I could not have imagined the life changing experience I was about to have. CET Japan provided me with the opportunity to challenge my world views and how I perceived myself. There is no exaggeration in the saying, “You just have to experience it for yourself.” My perception of Japanese culture and my own proficiency in the language were shaken upon arrival. While I am far from an expert on the Japanese language or customs, I have come to have a new appreciation for the beauty and elegance of the Japanese culture, language, and people.” Contact Jared >
“As I sat on the plane leaving for São Paulo, I did not feel much of anything. I think this is because no emotion could depict how both Brazil and this program would make me feel. Everything about the city made me fall in love, and this is greatly due to the beauty of this program. CET Brazil found a way to grant me both my independence and provide me with a sense of security and family from the start. CET Brazil emphasized the importance of learning, but not just through standard academia. The staff and roommates push you socially and linguistically, really emerging you in this new environment. At times, that could be difficult. Not knowing the correct words for something or how exactly to get around. However, those fears quickly went away when I put my trust into the city and the program. Everyone I met impacted me in some way, I just had to be open to it. I really had to push myself to allow myself to connect with new people (both in and out of the program), and my surroundings. As cliche as it may sound, this program changed me. It has helped me with my long-term academic plans and has introduced me to some of my closest friends whom I still talk to on a daily basis. I am forever grateful to this program, and cannot wait to return to Brazil.” Contact Amanda >
“The best part? Definitely the people (though the food’s a pretty close second). Not only is Amman the most beautiful city but it’s also made of the most beautiful and friendliest people. The program staff truly made the trip incredibly memorable and I learn so much about taking risks and stepping outside my comfortable. It’s was an absolutely phenomenal experience and there’s no doubt that I’ll be returning to Jordan the first chance I get!” Contact Nisreen >