Telling stories to travel

I originally posted this article on LinkedIn.

While I was completing my undergraduate studies, I had a professor in Political Science that taught with stories. Yes, he would have slides and other visual media, but he would contextualize it by telling applicable stories. The approach fascinated me, not just because I could remember the things he taught during tests and exams, but also because it gave a “realness” to what I was studying. Over the last few years I have come to the realization that the tool of storytelling is also important within the field of international education. We need to use it during our pre-departure orientations; and we kind of sneak it in there. (*learningfrompastmistakes) I want to highlight two reasons why storytelling is important in the field of international education: firstly, it helps students to think about their upcoming experience (to imagine possibilities) and secondly, it induces certain emotions within students which helps to bring certain points across.

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The Crowd, Social Media and Study Abroad

I originally posted this article on LinkedIn.

The book:

I recently read the book by Alex Daly, The Crowdsourceress: Get Smart, Get Funded, and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea (2017). It is really an amazing book, and I realized again that using social media is one thing, but engaging through social media is a completely different matter all together, the latter being the more impactful aspect of social media usage. I definitely recommend that you read the book – it also includes practical tools and tips.

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A short reflection: A queer trans woman attending an international education conference

I also posted a version of this article on Linkedin.

I came back today after a week of traveling in Switzerland. I was in the privileged position to visit three partner universities, but also to attend the EAIE conference. It was a great experience.

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