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Why is it important to study abroad?

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  • mentor picture Gaddi Holguin Vasquez
     
    Gaddi Holguin Vasquez
    Former Ambassador/ Representative
    United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy
    Gaddi Vasquez described an experience he had in Morocco when a man told him he didn’t look like...
    Gaddi Vasquez described an experience he had in Morocco when a man told him he didn’t look like an American because of “…the color of your skin. You don't look like an American.” Vasquez said that encounter “gave me the opportunity to talk about how my grandparents had come to the United States from Mexico, and how we had become part of the great fabric that makes our nation strong.” Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity to showcase the great diversity that makes up the United States.
  • mentor picture Alfred J. Verrecchia
     
    Alfred J. Verrecchia
    Chairman of the Board
    Hasbro, Inc
    Good communication skills is a critical success factor in today’s global economy… [You] must...
    Good communication skills is a critical success factor in today’s global economy… [You] must have ability to collaborate and communicate with a large network of providers, inventors, manufacturers and peers Worldwide.
  • mentor picture Andrew Young
     
    Andrew Young
    Former Chairman
    GoodWorks International
    We are interdependent and dependent on one another. We have got to find a way to make this...
    We are interdependent and dependent on one another. We have got to find a way to make this whole planet work… It is a wonderful world. We have the resources to solve almost any problem. In America, if we can conceive it and believe it, we can achieve it. Yet, we are never totally self-sufficient. This world was not our creation. We are just a part of it. We have to approach things humbly, and we have to always be open for new things. My grandmother used to say all the time, ‘The world will make a way out of no way.
    (taken from White, William, Young shares wit, wisdom with Auburn audience,Opelika Auburn News, January 27, 2006)
  • mentor picture Juan
     
    Juan
    Parent of Study Abroad Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    You can never learn too much. Knowledge does not get in the way. Anywhere she would have chosen...
    You can never learn too much. Knowledge does not get in the way. Anywhere she would have chosen to study would have been fine, so long as she left. The idea of getting yourself lost in a culture that is foreign is something we cannot teach her, it is something she must learn on her own.
  • mentor picture Fareed Zakaria
     
    Fareed Zakaria
    Former Editor
    Newsweek
    The most important thing that schools can do is to make people aware that understanding the world...
    The most important thing that schools can do is to make people aware that understanding the world is very much part of the requirement of being an educated person. There should be some shame attached to not being more aware of the world, not having some mastery of foreign language.
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