For my Follow-on Service Project, my goal is to promote awareness of the opportunity to travel abroad. Over fifty percent of students want to study abroad, but it is estimated that on average, less than ten percent complete an international study program. Upon my return from Trinidad and Tobago, I hope to develop the educational necessities of Social Work within third world nations as well as learning to understand and appreciate cultural diversity. I know that there are other individuals who stem from foundations similar to mine. I would like to promote the information about studying abroad to this particular demographic. Using the experiences I gained, I want to develop a demonstration that educates students on international study as well as financial funding from the Gilman Scholarship.
My target population includes low-income high school seniors and college students who rely on financial aid to pay for higher education. My purpose is to show students that studying abroad is available to anyone who is willing to complete the programs. I want my peers to understand that I came from a poverty stricken neighborhood and was able to travel abroad without restriction. Using myself as an example, I want them to know about other resources available and that traveling abroad is a realistic opportunity. My main focus is to make students aware of the tangibility of traveling the world regardless of their socioeconomic status. I will impact this group using the information as
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With an increase in student mobility around the world, there are many positive outcomes related to learning a different set of education from their home country and obtaining intercultural experiences with a global mindset. On the other hand, students may struggle with different challenges, which they may have unexpected to encounter.
I am applying to the Gilman Scholarship in order to be able to participate in the API Summer Program for Spanish Culture and Business offered at the University of San Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid, Spain. Currently, I attend Virginia Commonwealth University and I am working towards a major in Business with a concentration in Accounting. Participating in this program, will have a major impact on my academic and future professional goals. For example, one of my future professional goals, is to work with a multi-national financial firm and to be able to travel to different parts of the world to plant and carry out business ventures and other activities related to the same. There were many choices, but Madrid is known for being an economically,
From an early age, I had the desire to give back to my community. This desire was likely instilled in me by my mother, who as a school teacher, went to great lengths to help her students achieve academically. To better do this, she created at Tupelo Middle School in Mississippi, the Mermaids and Argonauts Program, which allowed students to travel on extended school trips to locations where they were able to have hands-on experiences at zoos, science labs, colleges, museums, and more across the country. As her child, I was able to tag along on many of these trips, which fueled my desire to learn about and interact with my environment. It left me with the great hope that someday I would be able to have such experiences abroad, in order to better learn about the people and cultures with which I interact. For this reason, I hope to study abroad this summer in Pachuca, Mexico.
I have always wanted to travel during college to study, volunteer, or both, and the study abroad programs and scholarships pertaining to the Honors LLC will allow me to achieve these dreams. I believe traveling to new places is an unparalleled method of learning, as traveling exposes you to ideas, customs, and mannerisms that no textbook can ever teach. In today’s global society, being aware of other cultures is crucial from a personal, business, and societal standpoint.
After taking some time to read the university website and student testimonials, I was able to gauge my “fit” candidacy at Pikeville. Having traveled to the area previously to visit family has also been factored into my decision. It is the college’s involvement with the community that is most enticing to me. I participate in my own community and wish to continue community involvement while in medical school. The humanistic tradition and the intrinsic osteopathic philosophy held by Pikeville obviously resonate with me due to my interest in the osteopathic approach to medicine. These facets, delivered with a patient centered focus, are what I desire to provide for my patients in the future. The campus’s interest in delivering high quality
Around 300,000 American students are able to partake in studying abroad each year (Klebnikov, Sergei). With over 7 billion people spread throughout the world we may think that experiencing places in our own county is seemingly impossible. However, today we have so many opportunities to travel the world as young people. Iowa State University has focused on giving students of all different backgrounds the ability to go out and experience the world.
Hope to open more opportunities to study abroad from the low-income student by sharing my experience applying for study abroad. Many low-income students including myself had a misconception of study abroad is very expensive and financial aid might not support study abroad. I want to introduce students to the Gilman scholarship as well as the challenge I had faced when deciding to apply to study abroad in Japan. The detail includes in the PowerPoint are the photo of my Japan trip, share the story about my abroad experience, how I had overcome the challenge of financial need through the help of Gilman scholarship. Hoping student doesn’t limit himself or herself to explore the world and give study abroad a try. Also, in the power point slid I will mention the outside resources that are beneficial for the low-income student such as the Gilman scholarship, where an applicant must be receiving Pell
Pursuing a degree in Anthropology provided me with the opportunity to learn analytical techniques that facilitated an appreciation for unfamiliar cultures and belief systems. College shaped who I am today, allowing me to learn and grow in a challenging and fostering environment. Participating in service learning and study abroad had a profound impact on my education. Collaborating with the Appalachian Community Together (ACT) Office I participated in two Alternative Service Experiences (ASE). These programs allowed me to volunteer during spring break within the United States and abroad. Upon completion of my first ASE, I developed a drive to make a difference. Subsequently, I spent the next spring break in Granada, Nicaragua working with the nonprofit La Esperanza Granada teaching English in a local school alongside my fellow peers. This program was an extraordinary experience that had a profound impact on my outlook of service leading me on a path of personal growth and my commitment to serving the community as an active and informed citizen. Gaining the tools to effect positive change is my
They will be the most curious and unexposed to the culture and possibilities that the country presents. The students will already be interested in learning about South Korea because they are taking the language course, but it may be the deciding factor that influences them to actually visit. The presentation will make the Benjamin A. Gillman scholarship more wildly known. This will reassure even low income students that there is funding for studying abroad for them as well. My presence will also allow each student to ask questions that they may feel like they could not ask foreign students or study abroad advisor. My goal is to open a discussion amongst all the students about being open minded about the presence of all the country across the world. The Korean language classes have a large Saudi Arabian presence so hopefully they can compare my experiences with their own. Hopefully with the support of the students in the classroom and even possibly friends that I know who have studied abroad themselves we can impact each student in a powerful
International Voices is one of its projects and describes the stories and experiences from different international groups at Emory with graphical demonstrations. Such activities at Emory University could help international students, like me, to better blend into a new living environment. Simultaneously, I could also share my experiences and feelings as an international student through International Voice. In addition, I could take advantage of the rich extra curriculum activities to relieve the academic pressure, since Emory college possesses more than 550 clubs and organizations to help students learn how to organize, lead and participate in social
If I were to receive the Gilman International Scholarship, I would promote study abroad to other students by presenting it to my fellow Psychology Club members. I only recently joined the club, but there is actually a bigger membership than what most people expect. Some may think that I am limiting my audience by only presenting towards a club interested in Psychology, but Clemson University has a huge number of students in that major and others who are interested in the subject as well. Once I come back from studying abroad in Thailand, I would like to do a PowerPoint presentation on the benefits of studying abroad in general, the specific program details of studying psychology in Thailand, and offer my experiences and advice to the students
Sharing the tools of a global citizen to my college that has about ten thousand students is a challenge, but the challenge is accepted. Living in a fast spaced environment it is easy to forget the opportunities that the campus has to offer. Community college students are one of the busiest because they are nontraditional students. Capturing their window of time is the most important in order to share the knowledge about the seminar. I will share the new attributes to the college through the departments of the college, YouTube, and creating a similar seminar with the international students at my college.
“In 2006 to 2007, according to the data compiled by the Institute of International Education, 582,984 students from all over the world were enrolled in American colleges and universities in a wide range of fields” (Carter, Paragraph 2, 2008). The United States has the highest number of students who are coming to study abroad than any other countries. Each year, the number of international students coming to the United States to obtain degrees is increasing by thousands, and home countries of these students are primarily India, China and Korea, all located in the whole different continent. But what are the motives of students who are crossing the sea to study? Their goal of studying abroad is to experience diversity and to adapt attitudes
Exposure initiates a call to action. My exposure to a global education through the Semester at Sea circumnavigation voyage sparked a passion for social justice and international human rights which inspired all of my professional and academic aspirations. The four months I spent encountering diverse cultures around the globe introduced me to people bound by constraints that forced them to make sacrifices rarely required in the United States.
Whenever I asked older students or alumna what they regretted most about college, the number one response I would hear involved their disappointment in not studying abroad and experiencing the culture and academic challenge it offered. There responses remained with me as a reminder that there was more out there to experience than a classroom in the middle of Minnesota. However, many factors played into my decision to study abroad and ultimate acceptance into a study abroad program in Ireland, and did not come without its challenges. I am a biracial, first-generation college student, and a second generation American on my father’s side. It was difficult enough to urge my father to support me going to college, much less one that was two hours away; you can probably imagine his horror and immediate denial when I expressed interest in studying abroad in an entirely different country, especially when I originally wanted to study in Guatemala. Not only was he concerned about safety but, there remains the concern about financials.