This March 7, 2010 photo provided by Lauren Hook shows her, left, a new Spanish friend, Carmen Lleo Badal, and other U.S. students Grace Choi, Leah Kosmoski, and Laura Grace Janeskiss before eating a traditional Spanish tortilla omelet at Lleo Badal's family home in Castellon, Spain during the Magdalena Festival. After decades of laissez-faire and faith that just breathing the air in foreign lands broadens horizons, American colleges and international programs are pressing students harder to get out of their comfort zones. "I noticed a lot of these kids, first time out of the country, all they wanted to do was party,” said Hook, a University of Georgia senior who spent the spring of 2010 in Spain. The embarrassing sight of fellow Georgia students stumbling drunkenly around Valencia belting out Bulldog fight songs pushed her to explore more on her own. She also appreciated program activities setting up meetings between American students and locals. Meeting a Spanish boyfriend also helped. (AP Photo)

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This March 7, 2010 photo provided by Lauren Hook shows her, left, a new Spanish friend, Carmen Lleo Badal, and other U.S. students Grace Choi, Leah Kosmoski, and Laura Grace Janeskiss before eating a traditional Spanish tortilla omelet at Lleo Badal's family home in Castellon, Spain during the Magdalena Festival. After decades of laissez-faire and faith that just breathing the air in foreign lands broadens horizons, American colleges and international programs are pressing students harder to get out of their comfort zones. "I noticed a lot of these kids, first time out of the country, all they wanted to do was party,” said Hook, a University of Georgia senior who spent the spring of 2010 in Spain. The embarrassing sight of fellow Georgia students stumbling drunkenly around Valencia belting out Bulldog fight songs pushed her to explore more on her own. She also appreciated program activities setting up meetings between American students and locals. Meeting a Spanish boyfriend also helped. (AP Photo)
This March 7, 2010 photo provided by Lauren Hook shows her, left, a new Spanish friend, Carmen Lleo Badal, and other U.S. students Grace Choi, Leah Kosmoski, and Laura Grace Janeskiss before eating a traditional Spanish tortilla omelet at Lleo Badal's family home in Castellon, Spain during the Magdalena Festival. After decades of laissez-faire and faith that just breathing the air in foreign lands broadens horizons, American colleges and international programs are pressing students harder to get out of their comfort zones. "I noticed a lot of these kids, first time out of the country, all they wanted to do was party,” said Hook, a University of Georgia senior who spent the spring of 2010 in Spain. The embarrassing sight of fellow Georgia students stumbling drunkenly around Valencia belting out Bulldog fight songs pushed her to explore more on her own. She also appreciated program activities setting up meetings between American students and locals. Meeting a Spanish boyfriend also helped. (AP Photo)
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