LEHIGH STUDENTS DISCUSS StudY Abroad EXPERIENCES
By Britteny Egan ’13
Have you ever studied abroad before?
Ever want to share your study abroad
experience or hear others experiences?
Well, last Friday, Feb. 4, nine
Lehigh students attended the Delaware
Valley Re-Entry Conference to share
their study abroad experiences.
Morgan Volkart, one of Lehigh’s study abroad advisors, hosted the trip to Drexel University for the conference. She said this was the first year to have this many students attend from Lehigh. The program is fairly new and now that more students are studying abroad, more are getting involved in these conferences
The Delaware Valley Re-Entry Conference program is filled with a variety of events and presentations to give students the chance to talk with other students from surrounding colleges about their study abroad experiences. Volkart said the conference was a great turn out; there were around 100 students that attended. She said it was nice for students to see what they had in common with one another about being abroad and to hear each other’s stories about what it was like returning to the U.S. They also talked about whether or not they will go abroad again, Volkart said.
“I think the conference was great
because I got to meet a lot of amazing
people from both colleges and
real-world industries,” said Ling
Tong, ‘14. “Many people at the
conference traveled around the world,
and I just felt there are a lot more
experiences to explore.”
Volkart said many students who have been abroad absolutely loved it, and many are considering going abroad again after they graduate. Another objective of the conference is to inform students about how to obtain other study abroad opportunities after graduation.
Lehigh University has many study abroad offerings as well. Lehigh offers over 200 programs in over 60 countries. Students may choose semester-long programs, year-long programs, or even six-week programs during the summer and winter. There are a few faculty short term programs as well. There are many options to choose from to help fit any student looking for a great adventure and an experience of a lifetime.
While the conference was a great opportunity for students to discuss their study abroad experiences, they also have opportunities for reflections on their own campus. In fact, Lehigh offers something similar called the Study Abroad Re-Entry Series. This series offers several events held on campus to give students the chance to share experiences, learn about other’s experiences and find out how to go abroad after graduation. Many of the events offer the networking connections a student may need to apply, ask questions, and get any advice they may need for going abroad. The series lets students know about the uses of Career Services, different scholarships offered, and what kind of careers there are available when going abroad after graduation.
Volkart said she hopes to see the involvement in this conference grow each year. She recommends that students who have not studied abroad to set up an appointment with an advisor from the Study Abroad Office. The staff can help you with any questions you may have and help guide you to where you want to study, she said. There are also “Get Started” sessions held on campus during the week that help students learn the basics about entering a study abroad program.
Now is your chance to go explore. Try a Get Started Session or talk with students who have been abroad. Maybe one day you can attend a re-entry conference and share your study abroad experiences too.