November 30th Assignment

Essential Question: How can I develop affordable study abroad options?

Why did you select this as your essential question?

Many students aspire to study abroad, but the cost may deter them from completing a study abroad experience. According to NAFSA: Association of International Educators, only one percent or approximately 300,000 students study abroad per year.

Study abroad can improve students’ foreign language levels and cross-cultural sensitivities—all skills that are highly prized in today’s increasingly global economy.

What excites you most about finding the answer to this essential question?

Federico Fellini said, “A different language is a different vision of life.” Studying a foreign language and then traveling abroad exposes one to different ways of life—expanding one’s world view to become more cross-culturally aware and well-rounded.

I am excited to develop affordable study abroad options so more students (including me) study abroad and become “global citizens.”

Do you feel that this question accurately reflects a desire/need that you have to find out more about this topic? Absolutely! I want to have multiple study abroad experiences while in college. I would like to better appreciate regional differences between westernized and developing countries; and visit several continents. To accomplish this, I will have to devise affordable study abroad (and possibly internship) options.

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December 7th Assignment:

Career Assumptions and Job Skills

I am pleased to report that generally, my assumptions about my mentorship have been confirmed. I expected the Center to focus on helping students become “global citizens” and I’ve enjoyed meeting international students and students with an interest in study abroad. However, I was surprised that most of the study abroad students are preparing for careers in political, educational, or medical fields. I thought all students would be interested in study abroad. The Center is working to expand the number and diversity of students that study abroad by sponsoring fairs and multicultural events; and promoting study abroad scholarships.

To be successful in an international career field, it is important to have exposure to other cultures, which of course, is one of the benefits of study abroad. Also, excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills are essential to avoid cross-cultural confusion or conflict. In addition, fluency in multiple languages can be an advantage.

I’m really glad that I’ve had this opportunity to gain exposure to a university’s global center. Advances in technology have made the world much smaller and will require all occupations to become globally sophisticated.