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My Take On TU: Engineers Without Borders

In the fall of 2017, a group of students from The University of Tulsa’s Engineers Without Borders-USA chapter traveled to the country of Bolivia to conduct site assessments for an upcoming service project. Working with Engineers in Action, a nongovernmental organization formed in Tulsa, five undergraduate students, TU EWB-USA chapter co-adviser Laura Ford, a professional mentor, an Engineers in Action engineer, a translator and a cook embarked on a 10-day adventure that led them to the East Andes mountains of Bolivia, through large cities and small villages such as El Alto, La Paz and Machacamarca.

My Take On TU: Engineers Without Borders

In the fall of 2017, a group of students from The University of Tulsa’s Engineers Without Borders-USA chapter traveled to the country of Bolivia to conduct site assessments for an upcoming service project. Working with Engineers in Action, a nongovernmental organization formed in Tulsa, five undergraduate students, TU EWB-USA chapter co-adviser Laura Ford, a professional mentor, an Engineers in Action engineer, a translator and a cook embarked on a 10-day adventure that led them to the East Andes mountains of Bolivia, through large cities and small villages such as El Alto, La Paz and Machacamarca.

My Take On TU: Studying Abroad As A Student-Athlete

TU guard Ashley Hughes earned a basketball scholarship to play with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane women’s basketball team as a shooting guard and served as the team’s co-captain in her senior year. When she decided to attend TU, she knew she wanted to study abroad. By working with her professors, she was able to participate as a student-athlete and study in Spain her senior year.

My Take on TU: JumpStart TU in Panama

Students from The University of Tulsa recently returned from JumpstartTU in Panama, a leadership program designed to prepare freshmen for university life prior to beginning their first year as college students. Participants experienced cultural activities and participated in a three-day intensive academic field project learning about biodiversity, global trade and world consumption.

 

My Take on TU: Globalization

TU students share their experiences studying abroad and participating in the TU Global Scholars Program. The TU Center of Global Education (TGE) will walk students through the study abroad process and will help them with everything from obtaining a passport to figuring out how classes and internships abroad can transfer for credit. The CGE is a one-stop shop for all things global!

My Take on TU: My Life as a Study Abroad Peer Advisor

sina 2Today’s My Take on TU is written by sophomore Sina McLin. She is double majoring in Art History and Arts Management, as well as earning a certificate in Advertising. Sina is from St. Louis, Mo., and studied abroad this summer with the San Gemini Preservation Studies program in Italy.

Going into my sophomore year I wanted to join a group that really captured my drive for academic achievement and my passion for traveling abroad.  Over this past summer I studied abroad in a small medieval town, San Gemini, Italy.  I loved the uniqueness of my program, as I studied ceramic restoration, and how supportive the Center for Global Education was during the application process.  They were available for questions any time I needed them and encouraged me to pursue a program that was catered to my academic goals.  When I returned to the United States I wanted to share my positive experience and help guide other students with the process of going abroad.  The logical organization to accomplish this was through the Center for Global Education.

img_7197I was hired as a Peer Advisor at the beginning of the semester and love every aspect of my involvement.  This year there are five Peer Advisors.  We each have a unique perspective having collectively studied in Italy, South Africa, Spain, and New Zealand.  A meeting with a Peer Advisor is the first step in the study abroad process, as I help students search and explore different programs that interest them.  Meeting one-on-one with students is my favorite aspect to my job; I meet with people from diverse backgrounds, assorted majors, and different levels of travel experience.  I love how interconnected the Center for Global Education is with the entire campus.

img_7287Along with advising students, I also give classroom presentations to students around campus to inform them of study abroad opportunities at The University of Tulsa.  The Center for Global Education strongly advocates for every student to study abroad.  Through the classroom presentations, we are trying to change the perception of study abroad.  The study abroad experience is accessible to everyone in any major, it isn’t unaffordable, and it will make you a stronger candidate when applying for jobs.  I believe that all students should study abroad during their time at TU, which is why I became apart of the Center for Global Education.  Study abroad helps students become better world citizens, opens up job opportunities, and allows students to gain experiences that they can’t get from a classroom.

img_7791The experience I had abroad in Italy has shaped my vision for the rest of my time at The University of Tulsa.  I gained a new life perspective that I want to continue to grow, and I plan on doing just that through more study abroad.  I am immensely thankful to be apart of the Center for Global Education’s efforts to get more students to study abroad each year.  I have first hand knowledge on how valuable the experience is and how it can both enhance your time in college, and impact your life.