Today’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.
I 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.
Along 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.
The 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.