Adapting Overseas: 5 Questions with Hanna Strombom


Hanna Strombom is a fourth-year Pre-Med Honors pupil from Overland Park, KS, learning finance, accounting and biology. When Hanna had the chance to check overseas in Italy, she observed that the skilled helped her emotionally develop and adapt. Her travels impressed her to analysis the correlation between learning overseas and improved psychological well-being in college-aged college students. 

Image of a river lined with colorful houses on its banks.

View of Bassano del Grappa, Italy.

Photo of the side of yellow building. The sign on it reads" Instituto Flippin Paderno del Grappa"

The positioning of lessons and dorms on the Istituto Filippin campus in Paderno del Grappa, Italy

1. Why did you resolve to analysis the psychological well being advantages of a examine overseas expertise?
I began with this matter as a result of I studied overseas with the Consortium Institute for Administration and Enterprise Evaluation (CIMBA) Italy Examine Overseas Program in Paderno del Grappa with my thesis advisor Dr. Molly Rapert. 

I’m a enterprise main but in addition pre-med, so I wished to attach my pursuits within the medical discipline with my examine overseas expertise. I do know that psychological well being is at present a priority for my friends. School-aged college students are affected by psychological well being points at alarming charges attributable to numerous pressures inside and outdoors the classroom. Since universities present college students with alternatives reminiscent of learning overseas to learn their private {and professional} progress, I wished to see if there was a connection to their psychological well being. 

I discovered quite a lot of totally different expertise throughout my examine overseas expertise. At residence, I feel I’m a naturally stressed-out individual, I put 110 p.c into all my schoolwork, and in Italy I discovered to understand my relationships with individuals and to decelerate generally. 

Photo of two women on a hill--the author is in a green dress.

Hanna with professor and thesis advisor, Molly Rapert, at a proper dinner on the finish of the CIMBA program

Not all the things went completely once we had been touring. For instance, we bumped into transportation strikes, so there was stress. However I used to be within the second, and thru these experiences, I met buddies, and we labored collectively to downside resolve.  

2. What challenges did you face whereas researching your matter? 
By way of my literature evaluate, I discovered a lot of info that linked examine overseas experiences to gaining new skilled expertise, studying adaptability or turning into extra employable, however solely short-term outcomes had been studied. My analysis focuses on the long-term results and the emotional impression of the expertise. One of many challenges was that I needed to join the psychological well being impression to the examine overseas expertise. 

3. Your thesis makes use of pre-and-post information. What are the outcomes telling you to date? 
College students of the Summer time 2022 CIMBA examine overseas program participated in a pre-survey previous to their departure and a post-survey on the finish of this system. The surveys included questions on the state of their psychological well being utilizing the Psychological Wellbeing Scale and Hero Wellness Scale, which focuses on six predominant classes: autonomy, environmental mastery, private progress, constructive relations with others, goal in life and self-acceptance. The survey additionally requested about program-specific points and their impacts on the expansion of the scholar. Upon evaluation of the survey responses, I in contrast the distinction in responses between the pre- and post-surveys. The outcomes present a rise in constructive feelings and had been statistically important. For instance, I noticed across-the-board will increase within the assertion, “I like my persona.” 

I even have an open-response part the place college students can depart feedback. Many college students talked about challenges like cultural variations or language obstacles, however I’ve observed that the majority college students touring count on that there will probably be difficulties or occasions when they’ll really feel uncomfortable. Nonetheless, they’re excited to develop from the expertise. 

Rooftops of old tiled buildings with a church steeple in the distance

Hanna took a category discipline journey to the close by city of Asolo and discovered concerning the historical past.

4. Has your analysis expertise impacted your post-grad plans? 
It has impacted the medical applications I’m contemplating. I’m searching for colleges which have study-abroad alternatives. My thesis has additionally impressed my journey plans; I went to Panama with World Bridges this previous winter break to serve on a medical mission journey. I wish to see the world and never be confined to only the expertise I’m used to right here. It’s an unbelievable alternative to study from different individuals. 

5. Do you’ve any recommendation for college students pursuing their honors theses? 
Join along with your pursuits first. I’m a finance main, and my thesis isn’t enterprise associated. The thesis course of is an enormous process, however I’ve loved engaged on mine as a result of it pursuits me. I sit up for researching as a result of studying about learning overseas is a ardour of mine.  


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