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Comments From Program Alumni

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Two Girls on Horse by Egyptian Ruins

Sarah Christian spent a semester at American College of Thessaloniki, ISU’s partner school in Greece. She graduated in 2010 with degrees in history and legal studies. After graduation she spent a year working in Cairo with the Office of the Vice President for Planning and Administration.

Because of her work she has been able to study Arabic and witness the revolutions in Egypt. What does any of this have to do with studying abroad? Everything! Studying abroad opens up minds to new experiences and new cultures. Study abroad showed me first hand that other people have different ways of doing things, and that that's okay.

Sarah’s work in Cairo was possible because of her study abroad experiences. Having successfully completed a semester abroad is what gave me the courage and confidence to undertake an entire year abroad in an even more "exotic" location. My year in Cairo has without a doubt firmly shaped my career path and my life.

What Sarah did after Cairo is impressive. In October 2011, I began a position as an Associate with Chemonics International, an international development consulting company. They design and implement foreign aid contracts in developing countries, mostly from USAID. My position is in their Egypt, North Africa, and Yemen Region, where I support a USAID project in Egypt. Her career opportunities and professional development all started with a semester in Greece.

Sarah’s advice? It doesn't even matter which country or part of the world you go to, just go somewhere.

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Erik Andersen    Whitney Morris    Betsy Bender     Bart Robertson    Sarah Christian    Brittany Faulkner