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Trading cultures, transforming lives: positive growth during study abroad

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Dr. Sarah Angulo is a Senior Lecturer in the Texas State University Psychology Department. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame. During that time, she studied abroad in Toledo, Spain, for seven months. While pursuing her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Angulo conducted a comprehensive study on the psychological transformation that occurs when students study abroad. She found that students report high levels of change and growth. She discovered that students with a wide variety of personality traits are successful when they go abroad; furthermore, certain behaviors while abroad (such as making friends with people from the host country and eating the host country's food) are associated with students feeling particularly connected to their host cultures.

Dr. Angulo teaches courses in Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, and Personality Psychology. Her other research interests include self-esteem, romantic relationships, and positive psychology.

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Education Abroad