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Agrimarketing : Agribusiness Employer Guide 2008
AGRIBUSINESS EMPLOYER GUIDE GETTING THE MOST OUT OF STUDYING ABROAD Editor’s note: The following article is a collaborative work by two students who spent their summer studying abroad. Rebecca Schneideris a student at the University of Missouri who spent her summer in the Czech Republic, and Sarah Shultz a student at the University of Tennesseewho spent her summer in Thailand. STUDYING ABROAD CAN SEEM OVERWHELMING Once you have made the commit- ment to travel, thoughts such as: “How will I possibly pay for this all?” “Will I ever fit everything into just two suitcases?” and “Can I actu- ally pass these classes?” constantly swarm inside your head. These things can be overwhelm- ing, but broken down in steps, the process is manageable. As veterans of the infamous study abroad experi- ence, we will be using our experi- ences to provide some insight into the process. TRAVEL AND ACADEMICS The idea of studying abroad typi- cally holds a wistful glow for most students. To actually study abroad would be wonderful, but most do not understand the realistic nature of it. However, it is no longer a thing of intimidation and doubt. Although it is now relatively easy to find your- self involved in a program abroad, you need to be aware of what you would like to get out of the trip. The time and money associated with going out of the country is some- thing you want to be sure is worth your while. Academically, it is important to keep in mind things such as: “Will my credits transfer?” “If I study abroad a full semester, will I gradu- ate on time?” “Does the program focus on my agricultural interests?” To answer these questions there is typically an entire department devoted to International Education, as well as study abroad directors responsible for managing programs for each area of 38 (L to R) Danielle Bellis, Becky Schneider, Morgan Gauby and Becca Bunton at a coal strip mine. Summer school participants had the opportunity to learn about the effects of strip mining on the economy and surrounding communities in the Czech Republic. study. Check with your school’s study abroad office to discover what pro- grams are available that align with your academic interests. STUDY ABROAD DIRECTORS Study abroad directors can assist in providing information regarding credit hours and subjects of study. If understanding agricultural practices of other countries is your number one reason for traveling, be sure your pro- gram offers such opportunities. Sometimes, if the area of study that interests you is not currently a topic of travel, your study abroad director can help in developing an opportu- nity designed for your interests. The study abroad director will help you get started by telling you when and how to apply, program costs, and highlight the numerous scholarships and loans that are avail- able to students studying abroad. The Director is the best person to talk to concerning a passport, vacci- nations, program guidelines or grades. Grading is different at every university, so be sure to find out what the policies are at your univer- sity and the school you will be attending abroad. THE ART OF TRAVEL Traveling somewhere new can be intimidating, but there are some key points to keep in mind when plan- ning for travel: 1. Speak with previous program attendees. Connecting with students who have participated in the pro- gram can help answer questions such as “How many bags should I pack?” “What type of clothes should I bring?” “Is the food good?” “Where is the best place to buy cheap travel tickets?” “Should I travel by bus, train or plane?” Since these students have experi- enced similar situations to what you have in mind, they will be able to let
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