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Testimonials

Emelia Erickson
Ripon College

One of the most valuable parts of the ACM India program was the opportunity to dive headfirst in to the culture and gain an extraordinarily different perspective on the world.

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Keith Kozloff
Grinnell College

It is no exaggeration for me to say that my participation in the 1971 ACM India program had a profound effect on both my career and personal life.

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Tyler Quinn
St. Olaf College

The ACM India program gives you the ability to reform the foundation of your character, and I struggle to imagine any student regretting their decision to study and live in India.

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Chase Mowery
Monmouth College

From traveling the city of Pune on Gandhi’s birthday to visiting nearly pristine Buddhist caves, the ACM India program opens the door to a whole new world.

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Meredith Severtson
Macalester College

The ACM staff and host families in Pune made my semester in India especially valuable for me. The staff was genuinely supportive and my host family extremely welcoming.

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Isabel Peris
St. Olaf College

During my time on the ACM India program, Pune really became like a second home. It was all the big and little things, like dancing in the streets during festivals, weaving through cars and motorcycles when crossing the street, and learning how to wrap a sari.

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Rachel Vinciguerra
Ohio Wesleyan University

I left the India program feeling like I could move around Pune just as comfortably as my hometown: catch a rickshaw, order food, navigate the city, and engage with the people.

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Katie Blanchard
Coe College

In India, I felt such a sense of empowerment and success when I became able to navigate the streets of Pune by myself, or when I could hold a conversation in Marathi with my host mother or a rickshaw driver. 

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Katie Rogers
Colorado College

My semester in India made an immense impact on my life; it contributed to many subtle, welcome changes in my spirit; and it made my study abroad experience infinitely more fulfilling.

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Cassie Burton
Monmouth College

Stepping foot in Pune marked a huge leap for a small town person like me. Living in India was challenging, exciting, and deeply spiritual as I learned who I was and more about a far corner of the world I previously knew very little about.

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Fadil Hakim
Carleton College

In India, I discovered that I want to do cultural anthropology for the rest of my college education. Doing an independent study project outside the confines of an American college taught me to work without a prescribed system while maintaining a solid work ethic. 

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Danika Hill
Knox College

The ACM India program organized and endorsed an incredible amount of traveling, and I feel that I genuinely understand India - especially the state of Maharashtra - as a result. 

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Christian Novetzke
Macalester College

The ACM India program was the keystone in my career as a scholar of South Asia. At the time, it was perhaps the only opportunity in the American academy to study Marathi, and the program gave me a firm foundation in that language.

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Meaghan Burns
Lake Forest College

My semester in India was the best 4 months of my life for many reasons. I loved the city of Pune and enjoyed exploring the city and traveling near and far. The ACM program staff make the experience easy, safe, and unforgettable.

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Sarah Schulte
Colorado College

Staying with a host family in Pune is one of the prime positives of the ACM India program; there is no better way to learn and live within Indian culture than to do so in the home of an Indian family.

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Jessica Schachterle
Macalester College

In India, 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.

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Nate Grady
Lawrence University

I left India with a profound respect for (and connection with) the people I met there, which I am confident I will maintain for the rest of my life, and that would not have been possible without the ACM India program.

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Elizabeth Weigler
Ripon College

I never thought I could change my comfort zone so drastically and love it so much. I'll cherish every spoken and unspoken experience and lesson from India, carrying them with me where ever I go.

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Helen Noble
Lawrence University

I loved the independent study project (ISP) portion of the India program. The public health focus of my project engaged me in a topic that I grew increasingly passionate about, and altered my career path.

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Aisha Mergaert
Knox College

The ACM India program was possibly the most challenging and enlightening experience of my life. I now have a strong connection with India that I am certain will remain for the rest of my life.

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Michael Gerlicher
Lawrence University

ACM India changed the trajectory of my life and career in 1978. I was privileged to live with a first-time host family in the Phule Market area of old Pune. We have remained lifelong friends.

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