Abroad Spotlight is a
new website dedicated to inspiring students to study abroad and a forum for
study abroad alumni, parents, and Education Abroad professionals to share their
stories! Emily Sweeney is an Education Abroad professional who founded Study Abroad
Spotlight as a side project because she feels so strongly about offering
students, parents, and IE professionals the opportunity to reflect on their
Emily Caskey, Study Abroad Spotlight
I got involved because I was looking for a virtual internship opportunity to
help me gain experience in the field of International Education. What drew me
to the site and the internship opportunity was her enthusiasm for study abroad
and her commitment to providing a resource for students, parents, and IE
that when I was getting ready to study abroad I scoured the internet looking
for information about what it would be like to live and study in Germany. And
although I believe that no amount of research or talking to people can ever
truly prepare you for how unique a study abroad experience will be, I think
that the more you read, the more you know!
students interested in studying abroad, the plethora of choices can be
confusing. But beyond that, the anticipation of going abroad can be even more
overwhelming than the application process! Study Abroad Spotlight seeks to
attract students, parents, and IE professionals from all backgrounds to submit
their own Spotlights, so that students interested in studying abroad can browse
the site and have a wide variety of perspectives to consider.
parents who are unsure about what studying abroad entails and why it’s
important for their son or daughter to go abroad, Study Abroad Spotlight offers
Spotlights from parents of students who’ve already been abroad. Parents can
read up on what other parents have experienced – their doubts, concerns,
questions, but also the amazing experiences their son or daughter has had, and
the positive changes they’ve seen!
study abroad alumni, Study Abroad Spotlight is a forum to share their personal
experiences and harness the enthusiasm for studying abroad that accompanies
most any study abroad experience. Spotlight submissions include questions about
the challenges and rewards of the program and ask students to reflect on their
experiences as whole.
self-reflection is an opportunity for students to think about what else study
abroad afforded them, other than the chance to travel, meet new people, and/or
learn a new language. By reflecting on this, students are better able to
recognize the transferable skills that come with studying abroad and how these
skills can help them post-graduation during the job search. In addition,
students can add a direct link to their Spotlight on their resumes for future
Education Abroad professionals, you know that studying abroad is an awesome and
important experience for students. We envision Study Abroad Spotlight as a way
for you to share your own study abroad experiences and how they’ve influenced
your career path. It’s also a great resource for getting students interested in
still growing our network of Spotlights to ensure that students have a wide
variety of resources and perspectives, which is why I’d like to encourage all
of you to submit your own Spotlight and direct your past and future study abroad
students to our site so they can explore for themselves.
part, I’m blogging over on the Study
Abroad Spotlight blog on
topics including culture shock, reverse culture shock, and how to highlight
study abroad experiences on a resume.
reaching out to current study abroad students who’d like to go a little more in
depth on their experiences abroad and discuss specific topics like their living
arrangements, traveling while abroad, and budgeting their finances before and
during study abroad (just to name a few)!