Sometimes, it just takes one extraordinary experience in college to change a person’s life in drastic ways.
For ’08 alumnus Andrew Nestor, who grew up in Northwest Arkansas, taking a course at PSU filled largely with international students opened his eyes to a much bigger world. Already a student of business, Nestor said that course prompted him to speak with one of his professors about adding international business as a second major. Before long, he was on his way to Korea to spend a week fulfilling his international experience requirement.
It was an experience worth reliving: Within two months of returning home, Nestor had applied for a long-term master’s degree program in Seoul, Korea, and spent the next three years living and studying abroad.
“It really opened my eyes to a lot of new ideas and ways of thinking,” said Nestor, who lived with students from all over the world while studying in Seoul. “If I say the sky is blue and someone else says it’s gray and another person says it’s black, then I’ve seen a new perspective. People see the world differently and learning that gave me a new outlook about my own life, the lives of my family and friends, and my country.”
Now living in New York City, Nestor is working as the publicity manager for the Korean Cultural Service Center. Grateful that a high school college placement advisor helped him find PSU - “not too far away from home, but not too close, either,” he said with a smile - the university prepared him for adventures he never imagined.
“Students have a lot of good opportunities at PSU,” he said. “Some of them are the chance of a lifetime, so they need to seize it.”