By Marianne Brigola, Career Counseling Fellow 2011-2012
Here at Elon University, 70% of students participate in a study abroad opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities for students to participate in study abroad: summer, fall and spring semester, 3-week winter term, alternative breaks. It’s one of the 5 Elon Experiences (study abroad, undergraduate research, Service Learning, Leadership and internship). Students are required to complete at least 1 experience to graduate.
Because so many students have the opportunity to travel abroad for school, many of them express interest in pursuing international opportunities after graduation. This past week our colleague Michelle Jones facilitated an panel about Post-Graduate International Opportunities. Ashley was on the panel and spoke about her experiences working as a teacher at a boarding school in England, and also as a Fulbright Scholar teacher in South Korea. The panel also featured Jonathan Romm, the Program Director of North Carolina Campus Compact, who worked in the south Pacific for two years with the Peace Corps. Both spoke about their experiences applying for international opportunities, acclimating to the culture of their new host countries and what it was like to return to the US afterwards. Heidi White, Associate Director of Study Abroad at Elon, was also on hand to provide students with more information about different work abroad opportunities and resources as well.
The room was packed… many students were sitting on the floor or standing by the wall. Many of the students were also in the middle of applications for Peace Corp, Fulbrights, etc. It seemed very helpful for them to get feedback on their questions about the application process. I didn’t study abroad when I was in undergraduate school, so the program was helpful for me as well!