Studying abroad with ISEP in the United Arab Emirates was a once in a lifetime experience because I was able to affordably explore my interests in ways that wouldn't have been possible at my home university. I made a number of meaningful connections and friendships with international students, including one classmate who is an Emirati prince. The affordability of ISEP allowed me to travel throughout the region during my breaks. One of the countries I visited was Lebanon, the place of my family's heritage. I felt a deep connection to Lebanon and the Middle East region in general. My experience and the courses I was able to take helped shape my career goals of working in the international education field.