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Study Abroad Benefits Career Performance

Johnny Miller

Toledo, Spain was the site of Johnny Miller’s study abroad in the summer of 1999.  Since his intended major, pharmacy, is such an intensive program, Johnny took advantage of Study Abroad before he entered his major he was able to do this due to college credits that he had earned in high school.  He says that it was one of the most meaningful experiences of his life, bringing a deeper understanding of the Spanish language and culture; a heightened awareness of self; and maturity that was beyond his years.  He also reminisces about the  beautiful art and architecture that he studied in his art history class. 

While in Spain, Johnny joined a group of students who lived at the fundacion Ortega y gasset in Toledo’s city center.  Originally a 16th century convent, the building was converted to an international studies school. He was able to do some travel around the country, but spent most of his time studying art and the Spanish language, which became his college minor. 

Johnny enjoyed his years at Purdue, where he met his lovely wife, Erin, as they studied pharmacy together.  He graduated in 2003 with a doctor of pharmacy degree, and Erin earned the same degree the following year. 

When asked if his study abroad experience helped him toward his career success, Johnny says that it was not only inspiring and motivating, but while in Spain, he was able to advance his Spanish far quicker than would otherwise be possible.  He uses his Spanish frequently in his work as Pharmacy Manager and Market Compounding Trainer for Walgreens in Indianapolis.  Erin also works for Walgreens on a part time basis when Johnny is off to care for their three children: Ian, Miles, and Violet. Their children range from six months to four years, requiring Erin to spend most of her time at home.

Johnny is a strong advocate of international study.  He was featured in a session on study abroad at the Women for Purdue program on June 6.  There, he told his story and touted the benefits of Study Abroad.