Can you believe that spring break has come and gone?
I visited campus briefly during break and saw some students sled-riding down the hill near Brooks. I didn’t stop to ask them if they imagined that was what they would be doing at this time of year, but I admired their ability to make the best of it!
So, as we all slide toward the end of this academic year, it’s a good time to plan ahead.
There’s a wide variety of programs going on on Gator Day, Tuesday, April 1. There are four sessions beginning at 9:30 and concluding at 4:30.The lunch hour features and open house in the history and art departments and a program about becoming a language teacher. It’s a great chance to learn about opportunities or just expand your horizons.
One way to literally expand your horizons is to study abroad. I read a recent article by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times about this subject, and was inspired to do my little part to spread the word. He not only endorses studying overseas, but suggests that colleges make it mandatory. He states that it’s cheaper to have students study in Latin America or India than at home. He also attributes the multilingual culture and business success in Utah to the fact that young Mormons spend years abroad as missionaries.
The point he makes is that learning other languages is beneficial, but experiencing other cultures is life-altering. While traveling is wonderful at any age, opportunities exist for students that don’t last forever. Although, numbers of students studying abroad are growing, there’s still just 10 percent taking advantage of this opportunity.