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Interview with Sam Milewsky

Tell us about yourself
My name is Sam Milewsky and I’m a junior majoring in political science and business management. I joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard in July 2012 after my freshman year of college and am currently a Human Resources Specialist with the Headquarters Company of the 128th Infantry Battalion out of Eau Claire.
When and where did you study abroad?
I studied abroad in New Delhi, India in January 2014.
How did you prepare for your study abroad experience?
I read everything and anything that I could find on India. I feel as if the extensive amount of background research that I did on my own made the initial cultural adjustment easier to embrace.
What were your fear before going abroad?
I viewed any uncertainties or anxieties as potential opportunities for new experiences. Everyone has some reservations about studying abroad, especially if it is your first time out of the country. Studying abroad is all about stepping outside of your comfort zone and experiencing a foreign culture on a first hand basis.
How did your study abroad experience go?
My program to India was the opportunity of a lifetime. Being completely immersed in the culture of India for three weeks was an eye-opening experience that will certainly be one of the highlights of my college career.
How did you benefit from studying abroad?
I went into the program with an open mind and open expectations, which I believe allowed me to get the most out of my time abroad. Studying abroad opened my mind to new cultures and the growing global diversity that is such an integral component of our modern day society.
Did you have any advice for other active military students who are thinking of studying abroad?
Most active military students do not realize that study abroad is even an option for them due to their monthly drill obligations. If an active military student was interested in studying abroad, I would recommend they look into Winterim or summer interim programs and then talk with their chain of command. Studying abroad is a wonderful, eye-opening experience and I would recommend all interested military students in taking advantage of the high quality study abroad programs that UW Eau Claire offers.