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KemiProgramming and Outreach Coordinator at an independent film co-opVictoria Society of Independent Film MakersMy fears and misgivings about acceptance quickly disappeared as I immersed myself into the Japanese culture. Two of the teachers whom I met in Japan were present at my wedding this year. They joyfully proclaimed that they had to be present at the wedding because they were there when my husband and I first met. This lasting friendship is one of the treasures of my JET experience. My husband and I also traveled to New Zealand to participate in a friend’s wedding whom we met in Japan. The friends that I made and the lessons learned through international travel have been priceless.
KimberlySenior Year StudentLoyola Marymount UniversityYes! I find myself still maintaining the relationships I made with friends while abroad. Through Skype, AOL instant messenger, messages, and emails, we frequently keep each other updated on each others’ lives. Actually, during winter break, one of my friends from the Philippines, which I made abroad, came to visit my school and I showed him around LMU. During my vacations, I hope to visit even more friends that I made. Despite the fact that we are geographically separated from one another and we have different schedules, I find it amazing how our friendships still continue to grow.
JanethJunior Year StudentLoyola Marymount UniversityYes, I made some good friends while studying abroad and we keep in touch through e-mail, facebook and occasionally letters. Despite the fact that we live in different parts of the U.S., we keep in touch and hope to see each other to have a little reunion.