Gentry Toman answers four questions regarding her study abroad experiences. She discusses her challenges, her favorite story, the impact study abroad had on her future, and the skills she gained along the way.
Gentry Toman graduated from the University of Kansas in May of 2018 with an Anthropology B.A. and a degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Chinese Language and Literature. After going to China as a tourist in 2010 with her Chinese class, she first studied abroad in Zhengzhou through the NSLI-Y program in the summer of 2012. After that, she received a scholarship to study abroad in Xi'an through her community college in 2014, and she later received the Chinese Government Scholarship through KU to return to Xi'an for the 2016-2017 academic year. She has traveled to many other Chinese sites including Qinghai, Suzhou, Guilin, Beijing, and Kaifeng.
1) What was your biggest challenge while you were studying abroad? How did you overcome it?
2) What is your favorite study abroad story? Why?
3) Did studying abroad impact your plans for the future? If so, how?
4) Did you gain or improve on any skills while you were studying abroad?