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(re)Thinking Study Abroad

a revised but still idiosyncratic exploration of the nature of study abroad
by

Doug Reilly

on 29 March 2016

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Transcript of (re)Thinking Study Abroad

Preparing for
Study Abroad

making your journey successful

Doug Reilly
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dreilly@hws.edu
Peace Corps
studied abroad in Spain
orientation & reentry
programming coordinator
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personal growth
cultural exploration
adventure
Step Two: Understand Study Abroad
Step Four: Set Goals
Step One: Know yourself
SIIF Grants
academics

Travel Photography for Social Media 8-9pm
Writing for Social Media 9-10pm
Thursday February 25 in Trinity 305
info meetings:
February 22, noon ​
February 23, 5pm (Trinity 109)
It's time to make a plan.
What is culture?

(Why are you going abroad?)

(How do you learn abroad?)
Culture is:
The behaviors and values that distinguish one group from another.
All the things we learn growing up that we need to know to be a functioning member of our group.
history
values
habits
customs
language
beliefs
cuisine
social norms
music
arts
time
space
roles
religion
The unique ways a group has adapted to its environment in order to meet its needs.
Step Three: Prepare Your Brain

(What's the right mindset to make it work?)
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home. (James A. Michener)
1. Give yourself a project

2. Read about your country

3. Develop Skills

4. Talk to students who have gone before
Be flexible. Things will not go as expected.
Always try to see the upside of the situation.
Be analytical. Why are things the way they are?
Own the experience. How can YOU adapt?
How can you give back?
Growth also comes through negative experience.
The glass is half full, it's just the beverage you expected.
Stories where everything goes according to plan are boring.
Be humble. Embrace your ignorance. Learn.
Mental Packing List
food
freinds
family
language
bed, room, stuff
time zone
clothing
getting around
(in a transportation manner)
health
money
connectivity
manners
customs
holidays and traditions
ecosystem
climate
water
academic culture
laws
social norms
brand names
smells
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