Education abroad creates opportunities to live passion through school

Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources honors student Hannah Jacobsen probably has more stamps on her passport than you. Jacobsen has a passion for travel that has taken her around the world in multiple study abroad programs and minor in International Development.

“I’m passionate about international studies because of the traveling aspect. I just got back from being abroad last semester in England and then I’m doing another study abroad program this winter in Mexico,”  Jacobsen said.

Jacobsen’s interest for natural resources and travel goes back to growing up in a natural resources family. “My parents work for the Forest Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service so it runs in my blood to be in natural resources.” In addition to being influenced by her parents’ careers, she has also been given the opportunity to travel all throughout her childhood. Now, as a study abroad veteran, she is helping others find personal transformation though her position as a peer advisor in the Office of International Programs.

“It’s [Office of International Programs] opened the door to different programs that are available. I didn’t know we had over 900 programs over all seven continents and that you could do an internship in Antarctica!” Combined with her experience abroad and what she is learning as a peer mentor, she is able to expertly advise students looking to study abroad.

Jacobsen is majoring in human dimensions of natural resources and minoring in English and international development. While abroad in Exeter, England, she was able to apply what she’s learned domestically abroad and credits her Colorado State University coursework for preparing her for study abroad.

“My classes at CSU and the workload here made me feel prepared for the work I was given. My honors courses helped me prepare with its more advanced coursework, because I was doing upper-division courses while I was abroad.”

As Jacobsen considers her future, she knows that travel is important, but so is giving back. “After I graduate, I’m looking into going into the Peace Corps [to work] in the sustainability sector or education sector.”