Sunday, December 29, 2013

Why I Should Be a GlobaLinks Correspondent

GlobaLinks Correspondent Application

At the end of January, I will be on my way to Stirling, Scotland to study abroad at the University of Stirling for my second semester.  In the fall of 2012 I had the chance to study abroad in Stirling and loved it so much, that I did everything I could to get myself back on a plane to the UK.

While abroad in 2012, I had an incredible experience but found it was very difficult to explain to so many friends and family from home with only a limited amount of contact.  Because of this, my roommates and I started a shared blog before our departure since we would all be studying abroad during the same semester and wanted a way to keep in contact with people from home.  We were able to document the important parts of our trip while also working on our writing and communication skills.  I am looking forward to blogging again while in Scotland this spring and the Correspondent Program looks like a way for me to expand my blog and video skills to more than just friends and family.  Sometimes some of our biggest inspirations come from stories told by strangers and this would be a way for me to share my own stories to more than my personal acquaintances.

Writing is not only a part of my studies as an English major, but also my favorite form of creative expression.  Being a correspondent for GlobaLinks would also be beneficial for my career goal of writing for a magazine or newspaper publication by continuing to practice different ways of writing and communicating.  I am also interested in working on my video blog skills because I haven't had too much experience creating any in the past.  The combination of picture and sound can really add to the explanation of certain journeys.

As a former study abroad student, I learned how beneficial it is to study, travel and socialize outside of our comfort zones.  I could offer a new perspective to the correspondent program as a returning student, comparing and contrasting my two different experiences while abroad.  I'm excited to see what else I can learn and how else I can grow during my second trip.

Travel lightly,
Hillary Leslie

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