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Study Abroad Panel

Three to four percent of the US population has passports. It’s stats like these that remind me how lucky I was to have the experience to study abroad. I’m reminded of all of this as I sit in the Pharmacy Building as part of the panel of past study abroad students. I am here in order to answer questions and offer advice to students who are studying abroad next semester. All this has really done is remind me how envious I am of 2011 Andrew!

This time a year ago I was scrambling to get in my info and prepare myself for my trip to Italy. I remember coming to this exact room and feeding off of all the words of panel members who had already experienced their time abroad. As a student I imagined what wonders I would be experiencing soon. Now as a panel member, I find myself reminiscing on the awesome experiences I ended up having.

It’s also a nice chance to give back to a program that did so much for me. It wasn’t my own force of will that got me to Italy (as much as I wish that were the case). The incredibly well coordinated efforts of the Center for Global Education were the real driving force behind my travels, with a special thanks to Sarah Barnes.

To end this post, I’ll leave you with a video that nicely encapsulates the excitement of the international community.

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Countdown: November

This is it. Looking at my calendar and counting on my fingers the end of the semester is drawing near. I’ve got approximately a month before Thanksgiving break. That’s a month to wrap up most of my classes. That’s a month to prepare myself for the calm before the storm. And then the storm.

I can’t quite recall how it all went by so quickly. If I were really twisted, I would dwell on the timeline of how soon this semester will end, and then how quickly the semester after that will have come and gone and then…I find myself standing on the gorge of my life, a drop-off that I cannot see into, filled with questions that probably won’t cushion my fall out of school (i.e. the last 16 years of my life).

All the more reason to appreciate the time that I have here. Yes, I do need to focus on my classes, and yes , I do need to focus on my applications for next year. I don’t, however, want to drown the next few weeks of my life in Irwin Library, no matter HOW nice it is. So I will continue working on new projects (my next one is Sushi-making!) and building friendships and finding those moments to relax.

It really is nice. And welcoming!