Most blogs are from the student perspective but I want to focus on the faculty directors who make short-term study abroads successful. Study abroad is dynamic and transformational but sometimes it can be outright exhausting. Dr. Jennifer Harrison is seen here catching some shut-eye after a three-hour carpool to Chicago’s O’Hare airport and a 16-hour flight to Delhi. In addition to the stress anyone experiences when preparing for international travel, Dr. Harrison was also trying to get Indian visas approved, trouble-shooting students’ logistical challenges and finalizing grades for her fall courses.
Of course, it’s all worth it. Watching students operate out of their comfort zones, grow in their abilities to navigate different cultures, and learn from our international partners is why we are committed to short-term study abroad trips. Rested up from Dr. Harrison’s catnap, she was ready for the next leg of our journey to Bangalore to study social justice and sustainability in India.