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mentor picture Sara
 
Sara
Student Program Coordinator
USC Master of Education Program
My name is Sara and I am the Student Programs Advisor at the USC Law School's Career Services. I am currently getting my Masters in Postsecondary Student Affairs and Administration. I received my Bachelor's degree in Sociology... My name is Sara and I am the Student Programs Advisor at the USC Law School's Career Services. I am currently getting my Masters in Postsecondary Student Affairs and Administration. I received my Bachelor's degree in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara. As a junior at UCSB, I came across the opportunity to go abroad through my university's study abroad fair. I chose to study a full academic year through a program called Academic Programs Internationl (API) in Galway, Ireland at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Since graduation, I have also returned to Ireland to live and work. My year abroad has been the most pivotal experience in my life so far. I feel like my experiences abroad are ones that every student should get a chance to have in some way. After completing my Master's degree I hope to begin my career in Education Abroad to help ensure that more students participate in this life changing experience.

Responses

  1. For some students, this may be your first experience as a minority. It is important to enter into the experience knowing that locals' reactions to you may feel awkward or uncomfortable, especially if they have never met or seen someone of your ethnicity. Expect that people will make assumptions about what ethnicity or race you come from and may ask you probing questions. While this can be an engaging learning experience for you and the locals, it is also important to reflect beforehand on how much personal information you may be comfortable sharing with strangers you encounter.
    2 answers – Racism – Before You Leave – Culture
  2. In my program, American students were often housed together and placed in classes together away from the Irish students. While it was comfortable to be surrounded by people from my home country, I found this frustrating because I felt I missed out on a lot of interaction with local students. During my second semester I requested housing with Irish students. I also researched different course options that had more Irish students enrolled. I was able to interact much more with local students when I stepped outside of my comfort zone.
    4 answers – While Abroad – Culture
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