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Study Abroad 401: Coming Home

Make the most of your study abroad experience by attending our series of short presentations designed for study abroad alumni!  CGE Staff and CGE Peer Advisors will provide resources to help students adjust to campus life, maximize the study abroad experience in grad school applications and the job search, and communicate their study abroad experiences effectively in interviews and conversation.

These presentations will take place at 2:30 in Social Sciences 130 (except for Wednesday, September 10)

Wednesday, September 3: Sharing Your Story – How to Talk about Study Abroad Without Boring People to Death

  • A semester or a summer abroad is often a turning point in a student’s life, and study abroad returnees love to share stories of their adventures overseas…maybe a bit too much at times!  This session will share insights into how to keep that special spirit from your study abroad program alive while providing channels to share those adventures with others, including short videos, photo essays, and blog entries.

Wednesday, September 10: Volunteer for an hour at the Study Abroad Fair (Alumni Grove, 11am-3pm) and share that story!

  • Every year we need help with our major information event of the season.  Please contact Melissa DiMeglio (dimeglim@tcnj.edu) if you can help out at our fair!

Wednesday, September 17: A Survival Guide to Reverse Culture Shock

  • All of those peaks and valleys you experienced while getting used to your study abroad city…did it happen again when you got home?  Some veteran students will help you negotiate the challenges of “reverse culture shock” and help you get back in your campus routine!

Wednesday, September 24: Unpacking the Suitcase:  Study Abroad and Career Planning

  • With fewer than 5% of all US college and university students participating in study abroad at all, those students who have returned from abroad are in a rather select group.  How can students take advantage of their unique experiences and market themselves effectively for graduate school and the job market?  Come learn from the experts!

Wednesday, October 1: What’s Next?  The Going Global Database

  • TCNJ subscribes to the Going Global database of internship and job postings around the world.  The database provides students not only with a listing of overseas jobs, but also tremendous resources to help them secure positions (e.g. cover letter and resume templates for many different countries and interview etiquette around the world).  We will introduce students to this database and help them maximize its benefits.

For more information on this series, please contact the CGE at goglobal@tcnj.edu

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