Go abroad. The only experience over the past four years that rival my time with The Chronicle is the semester I studied abroad. I participated in a program called Semester at Sea, where I circumnavigated the globe, travelling to 12 different countries throughout Asia and Africa by ship. The things I saw, the people I met and the conversations I had will stay in my mind forever, and taught me more about life and myself than I could have ever learned from a lecture.
One of the most important parts of traveling is forcing yourself out of your comfort zone. That’s one of the main reasons I am on this voyage, and it’s definitely had a huge effect on the way I approach new experiences. Read More…
Adam Braun, CEO and founder of Pencils of Promise (PoP), documents his journey from student to philanthropist, in his New York Times best-selling memoir, The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change.
About 1 percent of US college students (around 283,000 per year) spend a semester or an entire year studying abroad, immersing themselves in another culture and language while picking up credits toward a degree. More than half go to Europe, though Latin America and Asia are also big draws. But for those who just can’t choose, there is this alternative: Semester at Sea. Now in its 50th year, the program takes students around the world on a ship for interdisciplinary course work and hands-on experience.
South Africa is an immensely interesting and unique country. I have been learning about its history, politics and culture in my classes on the ship and have found it to be one of the most fascinating countries I’ve ever studied or visited. Read more…
Alicia Butler Now is that moment when I realize it is not a dream. This is my reality. In three months, I will have traveled half of the world. Experienced new cultures, met new people, made friendships that will last a lifetime and most of all, have had the time of my life.
Our ceramic sugar and flour containers now have more space on our kitchen counter. The telephone with its spiraling cord has been neatly stashed away in the closet basement and our cell phones have become our main squeeze.
Cuba will break your heart. There are outdoor cafés, nightclubs, fancy restaurants. There are happy times. But there is also crumbling infrastructure. And shanty towns. And the boat carcasses that remind you of Cubans’ failed attempts to reach the mainland.
The popularity of study-abroad programs has increased over the past years, but prospective students may be leery of the cost associated with them. The good news is that the cost really isn’t much greater than the price of a semester’s tuition.
Before this trip, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Vietnam and Cambodia. On one hand, I had heard wonderful things about the natural beauty, the rich history and the fun people, all of which make this part of the world so special. However, there is also the fact that both of these countries have experienced some of the most horrific events in history, just in the past few decades. Even now, both countries are struggling with poverty and restrictions on individual rights, although their situations are improving all the time. My experience there, even though there were moments of intense sadness and horror, was overwhelmingly positive and hopeful.
Iva and Tanja were the only Croatians who, with the help of winning scholarships, participated in the prestigious program of an american university in Virginia (University of Virginia) “Semester at Sea” and, together with 700 American students circumnavigate the world. Tanja traveled in 2012 and Iva last year. They spent four months studying aboard and traveling the world in a unique environment, and 12 days isolated from the rest of the world. In each country they stayed an average of 3-5 days, and while sailing they listened to lectures and had exams. The whole ship was transformed into a university, and has everything you need for effective teaching (IT room, library, cafeteria, etc.). Upon completion of the semester, they received a diploma, and 30 credits.
One of the most valuable assets of a business accelerator is something called the island effect. Essentially, it involves spending time in close quarters with other ventures and mentors for a prolonged time, which dramatically increases the potential for beneficial encounters, innovation, and new ideas for your startup. But as most islands are pretty stationary by nature, staying on an island is not the most effective go-to-market strategy. I am saying most islands, because there is one accelerator program that is combining the best of both worlds. Itâs all the benefits of the island effect plus international exposure, an asset most accelerator programs are sorely lacking.
When the 72 percent of Elon University students who study abroad come home, many of them experience a phenomenon known as “culture shock.” The students in Thomas Arcaro’s class “GST 433- Coming Home: The Impact of Study Abroad,” have written a book to ease students through this transition.
One of the five #MostFollowedProfessors listed on Rate My Professors is Virginia Tech geography professor John Boyer, who made the list for the second year in a row. He shared with us some photos from his world travels.
Of course I support this decision. These students had zero conscience and were out to beat the system without having to study and work hard to meet those goals.
My concern is mostly with the position expressed by Newport Harbor High School student, Isabel Jorgensen: I wouldn’t want this pack of cheats transferred to my high school either. It is as if NHHS is so much the lesser school that they wouldn’t mind taking in the sanctioned cheaters.
Traveling is an education in itself, but unfortunately it is an undervalued experience when compared to football, math clubs, and debate teams. There are schools that offer a semester in France or England. Yet, for those seeking to step outside of their box, there are companies such as Semester at Sea who offer students opportunities to continue their studies in countries such as Egypt, Sweden, Japan, or Costa Rica.