Study abroad class broadens students’ travel writing, global perspectives

Study abroad class broadens students’ travel writing, global perspectives

Each Spring semester, Dr. Allen Gee invites a small group of students on a study abroad service-learning trip to Guatemala—all expenses paid. Students must take a Travel Class, ENGL 3107, along with the trip to further inform their experience. As the university's Donald L. Jordan Endowed Professor in , Gee can offer students stipends through donor support that established the Jordan Endowment. The trip is very beginner-friendly, so even first-time travelers like Mackenzie Skeene, a senior from Duluth, Georgia, majoring in English, feel prepared to take on the unknown. “I was surprised at a lot of the similarities between our countries, like restaurants and the way classrooms were set up, but the differences were eye-opening as well,” Skeene noted of her experience. When on a resume, study abroad experiences signal to potential employers that you can work independently and a willingness to relocate if necessary. For students like Queen Briggs, this is especially useful for demonstrating a willingness and interest in working abroad in the future. “I think the fact that I did service work overseas will make me an attractive candidate for many job opportunities,” said the senior from Columbus studying English. “I'm hopeful that I can get offers in the near future related to nonprofit work or education. Simply having the trip on a CV or resume is incredibly attractive.” While the class requires them to write their travel experiences, the primary […]

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