Event: STEP Expo
Location: Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom – Ohio Union
Date: Wednesday, November 20th
Type of event: Academic
Study Abroad in Seville, Spain
This student used her funds towards her study abroad experience in Seville, Spain. What was particularly interesting and exciting about stumbling upon this poster is that I have already planned to do the exact same program during the Spring of my sophomore year. She was able to use the STEP funds to support her trip so that she was able to learn a lot of Spanish and learn about the Spanish culture in the south of Spain. Programs like these are importantly related to IA because they are a method of fostering positive relationships across nations.
Sant’Anna Institute Internship Program in Sorrento, Italy
This student used her funds towards a ten week internship program that combined workplace learning with classroom-based studying. I found this poster very interesting because I am considering an Italian minor, so I could potentially participate in this program and take language or culture classes while I’m there to receive credit towards a minor. I will definitely look into and consider this program. This program connects to IA in that it encourages students, particularly those who may not have time for a semester abroad, to learn about other parts of the world while still taking classes and gaining real-world experience.
Study Abroad in Florence, Italy
This student used her STEP funds towards a summer study abroad program in Italy. However, unlike the previous poster, this student took advantage of this summer program to take classes not necessarily related to what she was studying at OSU. Because she is a nursing major, this student took the opportunity to study abroad to study something unique that she didn’t have time for during her traditional semesters. Her experience sounded very beneficial for her and I would definitely consider an experience similar to hers. Our scholars program in particular would greatly encourage a study abroad program like this that encourages traveling and new experiences.
Summer Internship at the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
This student supported his internship with the help of STEP. He had a particularly transformational experience that helped him solidify the thought of what he wants to do in the future. My favorite part about talking to him was that I got to tell him about CRIS and what I do as a mentor. He is looking for another experience similar to his internship but in the Columbus area, so I was able to share my knowledge with him. I would consider doing an internship, but probably not in the same area as this student because it doesn’t quite align with a career that I’m looking into. This project is extremely important to IA because immigration is a vital part to our world’s society and economy.
Service Learning & Community Service: The Puerto Rico Service Trip
This student originally wanted to use her funds towards an internship, but ended up going to Puerto Rico on a service trip! She loved her experience and advised to the group of us that were listening to her to not have just one expectation for how to use STEP because there are so many great opportunities. Even though a trip like this isn’t high on my priority list, I would consider doing a similar project because it excites me and seems like a very positive experience. This project relates to IA in that it fosters positive relationships between different parts of the world.