Event Title

Escaping the Colby Bubble: A Re-evaluation of Study Abroad Policies on Mayflower Hill

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:00 PM

Project Type

Poster

Description

This proposal aims to critically reassess the current tendency of students at Colby towards studying abroad, and to advocate a pre-graduation requirement of at least one semester of foreign study for all non-international students at Colby. I will argue and demonstrate that studying abroad has been statistically proven to increase a students cognitive, problem-solving, and critical thinking, to increase their chance of finding a job once leaving school, and to promote a more open-minded approach to their surroundings. In as increasingly globalized society, it is now more important than ever to be able to approach situations with an internationalized perspective, which is precisely the perspective provided by a foreign study experience. The proposal takes the form of an open letter to David Greene, the incoming president, with the intention that it be accessible to all students, parents, and faculty who may take interest in the potential curriculum change.

Faculty Sponsor

Stacey Sheriff

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. English Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

590

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Escaping the Colby Bubble: A Re-evaluation of Study Abroad Policies on Mayflower Hill

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

This proposal aims to critically reassess the current tendency of students at Colby towards studying abroad, and to advocate a pre-graduation requirement of at least one semester of foreign study for all non-international students at Colby. I will argue and demonstrate that studying abroad has been statistically proven to increase a students cognitive, problem-solving, and critical thinking, to increase their chance of finding a job once leaving school, and to promote a more open-minded approach to their surroundings. In as increasingly globalized society, it is now more important than ever to be able to approach situations with an internationalized perspective, which is precisely the perspective provided by a foreign study experience. The proposal takes the form of an open letter to David Greene, the incoming president, with the intention that it be accessible to all students, parents, and faculty who may take interest in the potential curriculum change.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/180