“In which direction will you walk?” That’s the question Career Services is asking students to consider this fall during the Study Abroad Fair held in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center on Thursday, September 6, from noon to 4 p.m.
For the first time, Career Services is offering this opportunity for students to learn about various study abroad programs offered at Lees-McRae. Representatives who have hands on experience with the countries they represent will be on hand to answer questions. It will feature 17 organizations that work with universities all over the world, including Lees-McRae College.
“There’s nothing like a student being able to directly access information about a program through someone who has already experienced it,” said Russell Taylor, co-director of Career Services.
Nearly 80% of high school students said during a survey that they want to study abroad during their college career, but far less than that actually pursue it.
Dr. Marv Williamsen, director of international programs at Lees-McRae who has been instrumental in organizing the Study Abroad Fair, said the goal is not necessarily to have students sign up for a study abroad program at the fair, but to, instead, stimulate curiosity. This fair will provide students with an initial exposure to study abroad programs, and Previewfor those interested, with the information needed to take the next step.
Students are encouraged to think about what they might be interested in for their future college or professional career, and how studying abroad might help students reach their goals.
“Just because we’re in the mountains, doesn’t mean we have to be separated or isolated from the rest of the world,” said Taylor.