All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.
Getting ready to go abroad?
While you’re abroad and after you come back, you can use some of the questions asked on the blog as writing prompts to get you started thinking about your experience in new ways.
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People Who Studied Abroad #707:
Miriam Davenport, humanitarian, painter and sculptor
She received a Carnegie summer art scholarship to study at the Institut d’Art et d’Archéologie at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. When the Germans occupied France, she helped to run an operation to evacuate more than 2,000 European Jews to Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Americas. Among the people she helped were Marc Chagall, Otto Meyerhof and Hannah Arendt. She also worked with the Allied Forces to protect culturally important sites and works of art from bombing or pillaging.
These are skills and abilities that are obtained through experiences you will have abroad that will translate toward a job. Transferable skills are applicable, and what employers will look for, in your cover letter, resume, and interview. There are a variety of ways transferable skills can be obtained.
What skills did you gain while studying abroad?
People Who Studied Abroad #706:
Andy Bechtolsheim, engineer and co-founder of Sun Microsystems
He received a Fulbright Award to study at Carnegie Mellon University (United States), where he earned his master’s in computer engineering. He later began a PhD at Stanford, before leaving to found Sun Microsystems.
We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.
How was your study abroad experience different than you expected?
Thanksgiving in a Foreign Country
Without a doubt of of the downsides to studying abroad was missing Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday and the one time of year where I see all my friends and family. I wasn’t the only one feeling this way. All the other American students studying here in Oulu with me felt the same. So, we all got together and decided to prepare our own Thanksgiving dinner and also invite a couple of other international students to share the holidays with. It was a scary daunting task for many reasons:
- most of us had never made Thanksgiving dishes before…that’s what families are for :)
- its hard to find ingredients in Finland and you can’t just get dishes from a box
- it was our last week of classes and we all had exams
- Finland is expensive
Even with all these issues somehow we all came together had an awesome Thanksgiving. There was a perfect amount of food and a perfect amount of people, everyone’s dishes turned out delicious,and we were able to improvise when necessary but still keep it pretty traditional. This was actually a better Thanksgiving then many of my previous ones!
I loved having to improvise new ways of cooking traditional Thanksgiving dishes! We had a guinea fowl instead of a turkey once, and found a way to fashion cranberry jam into something like cranberry sauce. Anyone else have tales of Thanksgiving improvisation?
People Who Studied Abroad #703:
Maz Jobrani, comedian
Born in Iran, raised from age 6 in the United States
While pursuing his B.A. degree in political science and Italian at UC Berkeley, he studied abroad on the EAP Italy program.
"One of the best years of my life was when I took advantage of the Education Abroad Program here at Cal, and I went to Italy for a year. EAP baby! Travel, see the world, it’ll open your eyes, it’ll help you find what it is you love to do. Another thing that traveling does: It makes you realizes there are good people everywhere. It is not what you see on television.”
- UC Berkeley Graduation Ceremony 2012
You wake up at SeaTac, SFO, LAX. You wake up at O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, BWI. Pacific, Mountain, Central. Lose an hour, gain an hour. This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time. You wake up at Air Harbor International. If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?