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Testimonial: Jessica Schachterle, Macalester College

Jessica Schachterle

Studying in India and living with a host family was the most difficult and most rewarding experience of my life. Living in an Indian city (as a student, not a tourist) expanded my world and challenged me to consider new ways of thinking, acting, and learning. Years later, I still reflect on my experience as a foreigner in a culture where everything seemed new and different at first: new food, new language, new alphabet, new weather, and new surroundings. I went from being highly literate in English to barely being able to sound out store signs in Marathi. Now as an English teacher and coordinator, I work with hundreds of immigrants and refugees going through a similar adjustment.

—Jessica Schachterle, India, 2001

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