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Fall 2013 | Vol. 1 Issue 2 Welcome from the Director

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Hello and welcome to the Fall 2013 issue of We’re Going Places. Last year proved to be a record for study abroad at ISU with a total of 1,301 students who participated in an “adventure within an adventure.” They studied abroad from a week to an academic year in 51 countries. In fact, they did more than study abroad: Students volunteered, interned, and participated in servicelearning programs. This is very encouraging since one of our priorities for the next few years is to provide more opportunities for students to have meaningful interaction with local communities. Further, we want to better prepare them to articulate these experiences to prospective employers. As it turns out, exploring the culture beyond the classroom is both an adventure and a résumé builder!

•Welcome from the Director •2012-13 Study Abroad Statistics •Student Perspectives •Study Abroad Alumna •Post Graduate Plans: Peace Corps •Study Abroad News •Market Your Study Abroad Experience

Enjoy this issue of We’re Going Places and let us know how we're doing. Dr. Trevor Nelson

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Where are you going?


2012-2013 Study Abroad Statistics

STUDENTS PER CLASS ISU STUDY ABROAD PARTICIPANTS

STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS ISU STUDY ABROAD PARTICIPANTS

MALES VS. FEMALES

STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS

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2012-2013 Study Abroad Statistics

IN-STATE VS. OUT-OF-STATE

STUDENTS PER SEASON

ISU STUDY ABROAD PARTICIPANTS

ISU STUDY ABROAD PARTICIPANTS

TOP STUDY ABROAD DESTINATIONS ISU STUDY ABROAD PARTICIPANTS 3 3


Ask a Peer Advisor The Study Abroad Center Peer Advisors are a team of students who provide expert advice on study abroad programs. After returning from their own study abroad experiences, these

Student Perspectives

Stop by the Study Abroad Center (M-F, 8am-5pm) to talk to a Peer Advisor and start planning your own adventure today! Summer and Fall application deadlines: March 15, 2014. What would you like to know from your Peer Advisors? Email your questions to: sacnews@iastate.edu 4 4


Study Abroad Alumna: Allyson Ladd Allyson Ladd

Public Service and Administration in Agriculture, 2013

“The first days were really hard. I asked, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ I don’t know what I was thinking going to another country and not knowing how to speak their language.” Allyson Ladd is no stranger to international travel. This Spring 2013 graduate in Public Service and Administration in Agriculture with an emphasis in International Agriculture began her adventures as a child. “My dad is a retired Marine, so we moved every 2-3 years when I was young, and some of that time was spent living abroad. Some people feel homesick and out of their element, but I was the exact opposite. I thrived interacting with different people and learning new things about new cultures.” Her family’s final move to Boone, Iowa, introduced Allyson to the opportunities in agriculture at Iowa State University. She participated in two week-long faculty-led programs in Costa Rica and China before deciding to study abroad for a whole semester. Her love of agriculture is the reason she chose Brazil as her destination. Allyson originally wanted to return to Costa Rica to become fluent in Spanish, but after reading several articles about Brazil being the up and coming country in the global agriculture industry she determined that studying in Brazil could lead to a future career path abroad. Allyson was right: Her first semester studying abroad turned into a second semester interning abroad. Her passion for adventure and agriculture may explain why she dove headfirst into a semester abroad in Brazil without knowing any Portuguese before arriving. She even requested to stay with a host family who did not speak English. “The first days were really hard. I asked, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ I don’t know what I was thinking going to another country and not knowing how to speak their language.” ...

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Post Graduate Plans: Peace Corps Brooke Barker, a 2013 graduate in Marketing and International Business, was invited to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, in the Community Economic Development sector. She is working with entrepreneurs and small companies to spur economic growth in Benin, one of the poorest countries in the world. The following is a brief overview of her application process. For additional questions, contact Brooke at: bmbarker90@gmail.com

1. Application

2. Interview

3. Nomination

• Visit www.peacecorps.gov/apply • Application requires 2 essays and 3 references • Give yourself at least 2 weeks to complete • Interview with a recruiter from Chicago via WebEx (a program similar to Skype) • Research the program by speaking to returned volunteers and attending Peace Corps events hosted by Iowa State • Placement Office will make final decision based on your recruiter’s evaluation of your interview • Nomination will include your assigned sector (Education, Environment, Forestry, etc.) and tentative departure month • Complete a medical clearance assessment • Undergo an FBI background check and submit a fingerprint chart, among other tasks

4. Medical & Legal Clearance

• Invitation will arrive no later than 16 weeks prior to departure • Finalize all medical exams and paperwork

5. Invitation

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Discover a world of adventure! Interested in completing an internship in Britain, surfing in Australia, or taking a cooking class in Italy? Stop by the Study Abroad Fair to learn about Iowa State or affiliate programs that offer a wide range of opportunities for your needs and interests. Country-specfic info sessions with FREE PIZZA to follow.

NEWSWORTHY 1 .

40 Maps that Will Help You Make Sense of the World

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10 Crazy Laws That Could Get You in Trouble Abroad

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Because Every Country is the Best at Something

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10 Important Lessons You Learn from Living Abroad

CONNECT WITH US

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Market Your Study Abroad Experience Have you considered that the skills you gained as a result of studying abroad can help you become a better employee? Read on for tips to effectively communicate how your study abroad experience has helped you develop career related skills. • Develop a 60-second elevator speech emphasizing the lessons you learned and skills you gained while abroad to share with friends and family members when you return. • Visit with your college Career Services office to speak with someone who can help you organize your future career plans and how study abroad can fit into that plan • List your study abroad in your résumé and articulate your experiences in a cover letter when applying for jobs. • Use the STAR Approach (Situation, Task, Action, Result) during an interview to highlight experiences from an international experience. • Join the Study Abroad Alumni & Friends club and LinkedIn group to network with other globally-minded students. • Looking for your next big adventure? Research internships on ISUAbroad or stop by the Study Abroad Center to learn more about postgraduate work abroad opportunities.

Study Abroad Center

3224 Memorial Union Ames, IA 50011 515.294.6792 www.studyabroad.iastate.edu

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A special message from all of us at the Study Abroad Center:

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