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UNCG hosts North Carolina Student Reentry Conference: “Go Beyond Abroad”

Tom Martinek, Jr. (standing, center) and Sean Addley (standing, left) lead a session on international opportunities after graduation

On April 5, 2014, UNCG hosted the second annual North Carolina Student Reentry Conference. Developed by a committee of North Carolina study abroad professionals, this conference is an all-day event designed to bring former study abroad students together from colleges and universities across the state to share their experiences. This year’s conference title was “Go Beyond Abroad.”

Approximately 50 students and staff from 8 schools across North Carolina attended the conference. Throughout the day, participants were able to attend sessions focusing on a range of topics, including reverse culture shock, articulating the value of the experience, discovering intercultural skill enhancement, appropriately incorporating the experience into the job search, interviews and resumes, international work and scholarship opportunities, and getting into the field of international education. These sessions were led by students, administrators, and study abroad professionals.

Julia Law (left), Associate Director for Curriculum Integration for NC State’s Study Abroad Office, directs a student participating in the “Two-to-Tell” contest

Participants were also invited to participate in the “Two-to-Tell” competition, a contest in which students had two minutes to share their experiences abroad through a short but creative slide show. Participants were invited to present their experiences as creatively as possible; their slideshow could be accompanied by an excerpt from a journal, an anthropological observation, a short anecdote, spoken word, or even poetry. Conference participants then voted to select winners, who received cash prizes. This year’s first place winner was Wade Colburn from North Carolina State University (NCSU), who received a $150 cash prize. He studied abroad in multiple countries through the Semester at Sea program. His presentation included information and photos that reflected how his study abroad experiences had impacted his life.

The conference was organized by Tom Martinek, Jr., (Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges, UNCG), Caylie Zidwicj (Regional Coordinator, Study Abroad Office, NCSU), and Sean Addley (International Programs Coordinator, Study Abroad Office, NCSU). We also would like to give a big thank you to the Oak Foundation for their generous support.

Plans are underway for next year’s conference to be held at the same time here at UNCG. We would like to thank everyone who made this year’s conference a success!

Fifty students and staff from schools across North Carolina attended the “Go Beyond Abroad” Student Reentry Conference


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