In Their Own Words ...
Bachelor of Arts ‘85
Journalism, Political Science
Today: Chief Research Officer,
What did you learn that you have
applied in your life and career?
One of the things I learned
during study abroad was that I could hold my own
academically/intellectually/creatively with people who may have had more
or social opportunities than did
I growing up. This gave me added confidence to continue
to stretch myself after I
returned. For example, this confidence was an important factor in helping me to
decide I could successfully pursue a graduate degree, which has opened up
additional career paths for me.
What advice would you give to
current CMU students considering or participating in study abroad?
If you’re willing to open
yourself up to the possibility of change, then study abroad can
be one way to learn more about
yourself in relation to others. Like most things, you can
maximize the benefits from a
study abroad experience by staying “in the moment.”