If you are considering National Student Exchange, this is a must read:
NSE gave me the opportunity to study at Montana State University in Bozeman, a town situated at the foot of the Bridger Range. Biking to class every morning always made me smile because I could see the mountains from campus. I gained connections with professors and students that will serve me well in my academic career. Initially I was worried that I would not be able to continue playing oboe while on exchange, but the MSU music program welcomed me with open arms and I was able to participate in oboe studio and band. My double major in geology and physics dictated that I could only be on exchange for one semester to graduate in four years. Though my time at MSU was short, I relished every moment - if you can fit NSE into your academic plan, do it!
By far the best part of my experience was access to Yellowstone National Park, one of my favorite places on the planet. Almost every weekend a good friend and I would pack up the car for a trip into the park. As a geyser enthusiast I was thrilled to be able to spend so much time in the thermal areas. The previous summer I obtained a research permit to place four temperature loggers in geyser runoff channels and living in Bozeman enabled me to actually conduct data collection myself and gain valuable research experience. When not in Yellowstone, I was hiking around the Bozeman area to find waterfalls and summit views. I returned to UWEC reinvigorated, confident, and ready to continue my academic career.
Mara Reed, senior, geology and physics