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    The next study abroad students prepare for take off

    Sharing stories, ideas and words of wisdom:ย  Jackie Whitehead and Andrew Quan discuss being abroad and the journey ahead.
    Photos by Katie Jensen – Staff Photographer

    The opportunity to spend a semester in a different country is something that many students dream of.

    Students at CLU are given one-on-one assistance in achieving their dreams of studying abroad by the Study Abroad Center.

    Studying abroad takes a lot of work. Paperwork, visas and course planning are all precursors to studying abroad.

    Most study abroad planning is done by the end of the semester, so a pre-departure dinner was held to bring all of the participating students together to prepare them for the journey they are about to embark on.

    The pre-departure meeting was held in the Lundring Events Center on Dec. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. Food was provided along with a raffle. Students were separated into tables according to the program and country they will be traveling to.

    CLU students are traveling to five different continents and 16 different countries this year.

    โ€œIโ€™m really looking forward to meeting a bunch of new people at Semester at Sea,โ€ said junior Andrew Quan.ย  โ€œThe fact that I will be visiting twelve countries is absolutely amazing and I will take advantage of every opportunity.โ€

    Quan is especially excited to visit China and get in touch with his roots.

    โ€œI want to be able to learn some of the language and be able to appreciate and express my own culture more,โ€ said Quan.ย  โ€œThis trip means a lot to me because it is a way for me to become more open minded and educated on the rest of the world.โ€

    In addition to meeting peers who are also studying abroad, there were presentations on how to keep safe while abroad, cope with home-sickness and stay on top of school work.

    Studying abroad often changes studentsโ€™ perspectives and affects what they want to do with the rest of their lives.ย  Whether it is going to a developed city or an underdeveloped country, each experience affects every individual differently.

    Junior Kiera Murphy, presently a global adviser, studied abroad in India during the spring semester.ย  She said going to India made her more thankful for what she has in the United States.

    โ€œIt really made me realize what I want to do with the rest of my life and how I view the world,โ€ said Murphy.ย  โ€œI was a happier person coming back to the United States.โ€

    After returning, students can become mentors or global advisers.

    โ€œI love being able to talk to prospective students that want to go abroad,โ€ said Murphy.ย  โ€œItโ€™s wonderful to help them make their dreams a reality.โ€

    The Study Abroad Center offers an extensive amount of help and references for prospective students.

    This year there are two new travel seminars available: Cuba and Thailand.

    โ€œI love working with students to help them with their decision making to find programs that are available to them,โ€ said Stephanie Shaker-Sullivan, assistant director of Study Abroad.ย  โ€œThe best part is helping them realize that it is a real possibility.โ€

    Sullivan also mentioned she loves seeing how much students have changed and how much they have learned from their cultural experiences.


    Lizzie Lopez
    Staff Writer
    Published Dec. 12, 2012

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