Monday, December 3, 2012

Study Abroad - The Student Experience: A Panel Discussion

On Thursday, November 15, The Verrazano School co-sponsored a student study abroad panel event in partnership with the Center for International Service as part of International Education Week.  The panel was facilitated by Satoko Fukai, a study abroad advisor in the Center for International Service, and featured Verrazano students and study abroad peer advisors who studied abroad in China, Egypt, France, and Spain.

Student Panelists and Center for International Service Staff Members

The panelists at the event were Lena Abdelhamid (Cairo, Egypt – Spring 2012), Joanna Irizarry-Zaraza (China - Summer 2012), Alicia Jimenez (Paris, France – Summer 2012), Mark Kavanaugh (Santander, Spain – Summer 2012), and Kubra Shirazi (Nice, France – Spring 2011).  To read more about the study abroad experiences of Joanna, Alicia, Mark, and Kubra please visit the archives of The Verrazano Voyager blog.  To read about Lena’s experience, please visit the Dolphins Across the Seven Seas blog.

Satoko Fukai provided an overview of study abroad options for CSI students, and then each of the student panelists shared photos and spoke about his or her experiences overseas.  The panelists also shared suggestions about study abroad and discussed the life-changing effects that a study abroad experience can have on academic plans, professional aspirations, and personal growth.  The event closed with a Q&A session, and attendees had the opportunity to ask more specific questions of the panelists.  Over twenty students attended the event, and we hope that they were inspired to consider studying abroad during their undergraduate experience!

The Verrazano School hosts a returned student study abroad panel each semester to inform students about study abroad options and help encourage students to study abroad.  The next panel is scheduled for Thursday, February 14; please visit the Verrazano website for more details.

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