Study abroad, Tate, take one. Brenda, take one. Jimmy, take one. Chad, take one. Teela, take one. Study abroad, Elena, take one. [LAUGHING] My name is Teela Foxworth. I am a communications
studies faculty at PCC over at the southeast campus,
and I took a group of students to study intercultural communication
in Lima, Peru this summer. I was in the Spanish studies, and
we went to the Dominican Republic. I went to Peru. And I studied in Japan. Throughout the class, we
didn’t spend a lot of time in the classroom. We went out and we talked
to a lot of the locals, and we made sure that we
were using our conjugations. We were immersing ourselves
in the cultural context of the language, itself. We went to indigenous tribes, and
we learned about the way they live and how they speak Spanish, where
it came from, that kind of thing. One of the barriers I faced
was, it was my first time being away from home all on my own
without family or friends, and I overcome that barriers,
because my study-abroad cohorts and I, we treat each
other like family, and we had each other’s backs. It’s one of those things that
you just have to take that step and decide that you’re
going off the cliff, that it’s OK because the
parachute will catch you. I believe that my study abroad
experience was a wise investment, academically, definitely. Just being in that context and
learning about the subjects there. Academically it is a
super-wise investment. I think you should really
put effort into investing into a study-abroad program
some time in your school career, absolutely. Having that close connection
with your students abroad is so different than I
traditionally had in the classroom, because you are around them 24/7. Personally because it was a dream
for me, and my dream came true. Every single student that ever
comes to my classroom– and I do, even before these
programs were there, that if you have the opportunity
to travel abroad, to go. I would recommend studying
abroad to everyone, because it’s an experience that
not a lot of people get to have. It mixes the aspects of
adventure with learning. And I think that’s a great
way to retain information. It’s a life-changing experience. It changes you both
mentally and physically. It allows you to step out of your
comfort zone and see the world. I just think that it’s
such an important thing for us to have this idea
of a global citizenship, that we are part of a
bigger world, and that there are people out there
that you’ve never met that you have tons
of differences from, but you also have a lot
of similarities, too. Funding for a
study-abroad trip can be a struggle for a lot of students. But what really helps
is if you reach out to the study-abroad office. So they were like, apply
for these scholarships. And I got the Gilman Scholarship. And at first I didn’t think
I would get it, but I got it. And it covered pretty
much everything. Other than that, it
was saving money. And there was some personal
sacrifice in there, as well. I did GoFundMe programs. Just got my story out
there and why I believed in going and studying abroad. If I were to describe my
study-abroad experience in one word, it would be illuminating. A dream. Amazing. Enlightened. Alive. If I had one word to
describe my abroad experience it would be viva, because
I feel like I lived.