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On Gratitude this Season

Posted by Layla A. Fidel on November 21, 2016 at 10:11 AM PST

            This year is my last as an undergraduate student at Seattle University. Over the past four years of my time here, I’ve gotten to think about all of the opportunities that I have become so grateful for. As I enter into this week of Thanksgiving, I took the time to reflect on my gratitude for my experiences as a student here. 

            Seattle University has provided me with a home. Being from Hawai’i across the Pacific Ocean, I was afraid that I would not find a sense of belonging. However, because of the strong community here, I have found my place. From my first year of college living in Campion Hall in the Health and Wellness Learning Community, I discovered a place that I was fairly confident would be a comfortable home for me. I found home in the third floor study spaces in Piggott overlooking the Atrium, in the Writing Center at the Lemieux Library, in the smell of coffee wafting from the Bottom Line, and in the familiar faces around campus. I’ve been able to find people here that make it feel like home—mentors, friends, professors, classmates. I proudly accept and embrace my identity as a Redhawk because of this pride for my new home. For this, I am grateful.  

            Seattle University has provided me with challenge. Academically, physically, emotionally, this institution has pushed me to my limits for the better. It has forced me to question my pre-dispositions, my assumptions, and my sense of self. Each day has presented itself with a new challenge whether it be how many miles I will run at the Eisiminger Fitness Center on that given day, how well I do on my Global and Domestic Macroeconomics midterm, or how I approach someone that I’ve been nervous to. Each day is different and keeps me on my toes keeping the experience all the more exciting. Although there is some routine, there is always opportunity for change and challenge here. For this, I am grateful.

            Seattle University has provided me with the opportunity of self-discovery. I could not imagine who I would be if I hadn’t chosen Seattle University. The holistic Jesuit education has truly made an impact on who I am today. The conversations that have presented themselves have allowed me to delve deeply into places of vulnerability that have shaped my perception on life and have allowed me to think critically about my space in the world. I've been able to discuss topics around diversity, intersectionality, academic elitism, and equity with my peers in different areas around campus. I've been able to heal in rough times with the people on campus and with the help of the resources provided like CAPS or HAWC, which has lead to my ability to discover myself even further. My time here has affirmed my passion for people; it has aided my vocational discernment; it has helped me find myself or at least parts of myself. For this, I am grateful.

            Seattle University has provided me with a hope for the future. The past few years here have been formative. This school has given me a toolbox that I will bring with me outside of its walls. Although it has taken my own time and effort to get me to where I am, I worked collaboratively with the resources offered to me by the university. I've immersed myself into this idea and this certainty that I will do something greater and I have it in me to change the world because of the empowerment this school has provided me with. Without Seattle University investing into me as a person, me as a student, me as a humanitarian, me as a leader, I would not be as confident I am about the days that lay ahead. For this, I am grateful.

This Thanksgiving season, I wanted to make sure that I acknowledged the university that has given me so much. I wanted to acknowledge the people here who have given me so much. I wanted to acknowledge the experiences here that have given me so much. It is a privilege to be a member of this Seattle University community. Happy Thanksgiving.

 

“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” Brené Brown

The Union Green on a Fall Morning The Union Green on a Fall Morning 

Layla Fidel 
Marketing Major | Entrepreneurship & Innovations Minor | Senior 
New Student Mentor

Making an Educational Investment In and Outside the Classroom

Posted by Danielle LeBaron on October 28, 2016 at 6:10 PM PDT

Freshman year at SeattleU was an overwhelming and exhilarating experience for me. One repetitive memory I have, however, was almost all my lower level business professors telling us “read the news” and “keep up with current business events.” I used to cringe at the criticism because, as with all first-year students, it was a busy year of acclimating to college expectations, living away from home, and trying to get a handle on a college social life.

It wasn’t until I started keeping up with current events that I finally understood what they were talking about. Whether I had heard about a sudden drop in commodities' stock on CNBC or listen to an analyst’s perspective on the economic impact of layoffs at Boeing on NPR, I felt even more prepared going to class because I had this additional knowledge.

For most of you, the little free time you have before and between class is probably dedicated to catching up on social media, listening to music, or chatting with friends. What if you spent that time scrolling through a business news feed or listening to a podcast? This minor time investment has great returns and will most definitely make you stand out in class.

So, where should you start? For quick access on breaking business news, start following some organizations on Twitter such as Bloomberg and Forbes. Podcasts, like NPR or WSJ, are another free, convenient method that would provide more analytical conversation on business issues. If you’re willing to make monetary investments, a Harvard Business Review or The Economist subscriptions is a great routes. Also, make sure not to forget about all the resources available to you on the Library databases. These aren’t exclusively for writing papers or researching for a project. If you’re learning about a certain company in, let’s say, BUAD 1000 take a second to browse their financials and any recent news on sites like Morningstar or The Wall Street Journal, both of which can be accessed through the library’s business database.

When you start upper-level business courses, all the materials you cover will begin to coexist and you’ll be able to make overarching connections. That means when the quarter ends, don’t necessarily put all that material behind you. It will appear in a future course…or even on a sidewalk in Germany.

Over the summer, I went on the Albers EU Study Tour. For one it was by far the best educational experience of my life and I would recommend it to anyone considering education abroad. On many occasions, it gave me a chance to make those cross-discipline connections and put to use some of the knowledge I had gained in my Albers classes.

One afternoon, a friend and I were walking back from our Bundesbank visit in Frankfurt when we ran into an Australian videographer working for a Chinese new station. Since he realized we spoke English, he asked if we knew about the New Silk Road. By chance, I happened to have taken my International Business course (INBU 3200) the quarter prior and knew exactly what he was talking about. Before I knew it, I was hooked up to a mic and sharing some information on how this new method of Eurasian transport will help alleviate transatlantic shipping conflicts but has stirred up conflict in Central Asia.

During this INBU course, we presented on an international business issue every week. At first, it seemed like a lot of material to be researching and presenting, but after a while, I started making connections to everything we were learning and what I was also reading in the news. Many other visits on the study tour brought up issues that I had learned in my business law, ethics, and management courses in addition to all the material we learned in our study tour prep lectures. I believe this background knowledge made my study abroad experience better than it could have been.

I know your first-year can be overwhelming and seem like a lot of material and expectations are thrown at you - but, that’s college. And to be honest, the expectations will only increase as you progress through all your business courses. So, maximize your time at Albers and make that extra effort by not only holding onto the educational investment you make in the classroom but also outside. 

Danielle LeBaron
International Business Major, Accounting Minor | Junior
New Student Mentor

Discovering Your Passion

Posted by Braden Wild on October 24, 2016 at 10:10 AM PDT

I am often asked what drives me to invest time in clubs here at Seattle University. There is no right answer for everyone to this question. Every person is going to have a different path for what success looks like and what getting involved looks like. There are many opportunities offered to those who seek them out at Albers, show initiative, and want to make something better for their peers. But for me it comes down to finding and nurturing a passion.

What I challenge you do is not to be involved in too many things as I always have or go for what is the most impressive title on your resume. What you must never stop doing is looking for what sparks a fire in your heart, a deep passion for that work. You need to want it, prioritize it, breath into it life. You will only get out of involvement at Albers or Seattle University what you put into it. And you never know when you will discover a new passion.

For me that project is the Fair Trade coffee business I started on campus. It has not been an easy or smooth transition. It has meant that instead of going to bed I am up at 11:00pm bagging coffee for a rush order the next day. It has meant presenting and justifying the project in front of all my Albers faculty and staff. It has meant spending Saturdays crafting and refining the business plan or cancelling plans to do research. It has been long and hard work and it is not done yet.

That being said, I also have no regrets about the work I have put in. I have no regrets because I found my passion. Because I pursued my passion it carried me all around the world to Nicaragua, Vietnam, and Guatemala getting to work first hand and in partnership with coffee producers from around the world. I get to travel to conferences, run a real world business with actual money and hire on other student to share in this vision and help discover their own passions.

Involvement should always feed your passions. It should be hard work, have a meaningful impact, and be something you can be proud of. It should make you think, question, and wonder if we need to do better. And you will have an opportunity to do that, be it at Albers, Seattle University, or other places across the world. You must always put in the work and keep your eyes and ears open to the possibilities around you. You never know where they may take you.

Braden Wild

International Business and Economics | Junior

New Student Mentor

 

 

Why I Chose Seattle University

Posted by Chisup Kim on October 1, 2016 at 8:10 AM PDT

Just the other day, a professor asked me what did I enjoy the most during my time here, and I jokingly told that individual that I would respond later. I thought about the best classes I took, my personal achievements, and my professional experience. But, when thinking retrospectively, my favorite part about Seattle University is that it highlighted the value of people, especially those around me. During my freshman year, I was not that involved. I had a good group of friends, but my extracurricular involvement was lacking. I joined one club, and went to two meetings. To say I was in that club would be an understatement, and I was ready to transfer from Seattle University after my freshman year from my perceived lack of opportunities. However, my sophomore year and on was when I finally started becoming involved. I joined more clubs, became involved in residential life, played on some terrible intramural teams, and became more involved in my business classes. My grades started getting better. My professional development soared. Most importantly, I met a large number of unique individuals, and recognizing their uniqueness only strengthened my understanding of myself.  As you can tell, I didn’t transfer.

What I enjoyed most is that I could get a quality education, while meeting the people who were here with me. Approximately 4,700 undergraduate students are enrolled at Seattle University, and not many campuses have the same luxury of this small community where you can connect with more people. At larger universities, a common psychological phenomenon is Barry Schwartz’s Paradox of Choice, where a larger abundance of people might actually lead you to meet less of them due to choice paralysis.  A close friend of mine that recently graduated from UW told me that she would meet people and never see them again in the sea of students. I’m happy to say that I cannot relate to that at all. We all share the same classrooms, Cherry Street, library, and most importantly, friends. I never met someone new, who didn’t have a mutual friend, and I think the small community here enriched my experience more than anything.

So, my biggest advice to freshmen is that you’re going to create your circles, but you should expand them as soon as you can. As busy as you are, go to that club meeting you’ve been pushing off. As much we hate them, create group texts to hangout. As much as you might get nervous, go meet that person sitting across from you. Meet these people because you’re going to see them around for the next four years, and for a select few, even longer. And if you don’t know where to start, my inbox is always open.

 

Best regards,

Chisup Kim | New Student Mentor

The Most Important Tab in LinkedIn

Posted by Fitz Jordan on June 2, 2016 at 10:06 AM PDT

LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool for professionals of all ages (including first year students in college) and across all industries (including the non-profit sector). I highly recommend all Albers students utilize this free social media platform to connect with other professionals and expand your network.

Something that typically remains unnoticed among Albers undergraduate students is the size and quality of the Albers alumni base. There are tens of thousands of alumni all over the world working at all types of companies in every occupation imaginable. And they’re almost always willing to help current undergraduate students connect with the professional world. So how can we get in contact with them?

When you log into your LinkedIn account, hover your mouse over the tab named “My Network”. From the drop down menu that appears, select the tab titled “Find Alumni”. You will be taken to a page that lists all 39,473 alumni of Seattle University. Use the filters in the center of the page to find an alumnus that works at a company you would love to work for in an occupation you aspire to attain. If you click the arrow on the right side of the filters window, you will see there are three more filter options for finding alumni. The “What they studied” filter is especially helpful if you are not sure what you want to do with your education because it allows you to see how alumni have used their degrees to get where they are today.

Once you’ve found an alumnus who works at a company you would like to work for in a position you would love to have, connect with them and send them a message. I recommend connecting with more recent graduates as they can relate more to your efforts of finding the right career path, but older graduates have great insights as well. In your message, ask if the alumnus would be available to meet for an informational interview. The Albers Placement Center has a great pamphlet for informational interviews that you can pick up whenever. Remember that people simply might not have the time to meet depending on their job or the time of year, so don’t be discouraged if they don’t reply or reject the invitation. If they accept, find a time you can both meet over coffee to discuss their company, their career path, their goals, and even internships. Be sure to share your own interests and goals as well. It is always courteous to find a location that is close to the alumnus’ workplace. Be sure to follow up with a thank you card or email, and try to stay in contact with the alumnus.

This has served as a great way for me to expand my network, learn more about different occupations and companies, and land the exact job I’ve been looking for. I know it can work for you too! Alumni are a great way to connect with the professional world, which makes the “Find Alumni” tab the most important tab in LinkedIn.

Please also remember that for these connections to work, you must return the favor when you are a graduate. So don’t forget to help undergraduate students find the right career path when you are an alumnus!

Senior Memoir: Three Things I Wish I did in Undergrad

Posted by Sergiu Ispas on May 26, 2016 at 12:05 PM PDT

With graduation in under two weeks, I want to share the top three things that I wish I was involved with in my four years in Albers:

1) Study abroad

Whether it was a scheduling issue or a conflict with work, I was never able to study abroad and utilize the connections that Seattle University has with various other prestigious institutions around the world. Regardless of what degree you are pursuing or the field of work are hoping to enter, college is one of the best times in your life to travel, see new places and immerse yourself in different cultures. All the classmates that I have spoken to about their study abroad experience have brought back fond memories and stories of their time in a different country. Even though four years seems like a long time, I strongly recommend that you start thinking about study abroad as early as your first year so that you can plan ahead and minimize the conflicts with classes and jobs.

2) Connecting with professors

At the Albers School of Business, we are very lucky to have professors that are passionate about their work and encourage all of their students to come during office hours for help of homework or to talk about research topics and post-college plans. At first, it may feel intimidating to speak to your professor one-on-one since we are all accustomed to the classroom setting. However, once I started going to my professor’s office hours, mainly for graduate school and career related questions, I found their advice to be extremely valuable in my post-graduation decisions. But by Senior year, I began to realized that I did not take full advantage of the opportunity to connect with my professors and learn about their path through academia and the workforce.

3) Getting to know people outside of Albers

The first year, or two, when you live in the dorms, getting to know other students outside of Albers is easy and comes almost naturally. However, as I migrated off campus and lived in a house further away, I narrowed down my friend groups to almost exclusively Albers students. This is by no means a bad thing, but I truly believe it pays off to talk to people who have different views on business and can provide insight on the world around us with their academic background. While it’s always fun to sit around talking about interest rates and how consumers make shopping decisions, I think it would benefit all Albers students to step out of their comfort zone and understand other people’s perspectives. After all, the Jesuits do encourage holistic learning.

Your experience in Albers is what you make of it. Your plans coming into college are likely to change throughout the years and you will find more opportunities for growth and leadership as you get more involved with your professors, colleagues and other opportunities provided by the school.

Some last words of advice:

Participate in EVERYTHING, even if it’s not your thing, you’ll probably find that if you participate you always have fun. Don’t be that kid that is “too cool for school” because you will miss out.

Best of luck!

Sergiu Ispas
2014-16 New Student Mentor

Achieving Goals with Flexibility

Posted by Kiera Olsen on December 4, 2015 at 2:12 PM PST

"Notification of Selection Results" the subject line read for an email I received one morning. Here it was, the classes I was registered for during my semester in Växjö , Sweden. A lot was riding on that two page document: tuition dollars, my graduation date, my pride at managing to squeeze in two abroad programs barely over SU tuition, and so on. So I opened it…and I was devastated. All electives. Each and every one of them from the Swedish classes to the course on European Union Politics. My dream of studying business in Europe was crushed. 

Now I had to make a decision and fast. Forfeit the $3000 down payment on the program and stay in Seattle or make the most of what I had been given. 

It wasn’t as if I wasn’t interested in the courses I had been handed. I’ve always been passionate about language at least and the history course seemed very appealing. Plus this was Sweden we were talking about: a beautiful country with gorgeous scenery, rich history, and a culture that, as I would later learn, fit my personality to a T. So I took the jump, boarded a plane and made my way to a tiny city near the most southern point of Sweden. What I would do to make up for the lack of business classes would largely have to wait until I got there. 

The first step was to make some friends. Linnaeus University welcomes more than 1,600 international students each year from over 60 countries, which meant that there was a lot of international networking I could accomplish. I started with the dorm building I had been placed in. Most students there were from the US as well, but that didn’t mean that they didn’t have valuable stories to tell.

Mission more or less accomplished, it was time to move onto the Swedes. Being that they are a generally introverted bunch (especially by American standards), this was easier said than done. Thankfully most of them spoke fluent English, which eliminated one hurdle at least. Regardless, I looked around for ways to connect with Swedish students and citizens of Växjö to get to know them and their culture. The Friend Family program and the Buddy Program were my solutions. The former program paired me with a local family who would meet with me once a month minimally to show me around and answer any questions I had about their culture, city, and country. The latter paired me with a Senior Swedish student who would essentially play the same role, but within the confines of the school. Through both programs I was able to rapidly expand my network and connect with those working in and studying the business field.

The next task was to explore a little. Taking advantage of the cheaper traveling expenses between European countries, I visited three other nearby countries during my stay. It was important for me though not to attend strictly as a tourist, but to study up on the country beforehand and visit significant historical sights to make the journey just as educational as it was fun. I am an international business major after all and what better way to study the international portion on a larger scale? 

I didn’t stop moving once I was back in my dorm though. Instead I took to studying as much as I could about business in Sweden on my own. From there I would develop questions to ask my expanding Swedish network so I could come home with the satisfaction that even though I didn’t have business classes, I was doing what I could to obtain that knowledge.

Studying abroad is always a daunting task no matter how well your plans go. As I sit here a year later, I am so thankful for the experience. Not only did I manage to achieve my goals, but I learned how to look past my inclination for a perfect plan, and to become flexible even when everything seems to be going wrong.

Kiera Olsen
Senior, International Business major, Japanese minor

Leadership is about Trust

Posted by Joseph Lopez on October 26, 2015 at 8:10 PM PDT

I'm standing next to Ms. Carmen Rodriguez in the early morning hours, in her one story apartment in Madrid, Spain. She would be my host mom for the next four months as I studied at a nearby university. I had just arrived the night before, a day later than originally expected, and I was apprehensive of what laid ahead. I had never been to Spain, let alone ever set foot in Europe. All the months of preparation (mentally and physically) had prepared me for this moment. I was going to be going to my first day of school, and Carmen was going to walk me from her apartment, in the North Side of Madrid, to the school's campus in the south part of the city by way of the famous "Metro" (the subway). I had to completely trust her sense of direction and her knowledge of the city to get me to school, only after a few short hours of getting to know each other. Walking out the door, I completely trusted in her. I made it to school that day, and every day following for the rest of the semester. But to this day, I never forgot her act of kindness when I was at my most vulnerable.

When was the last time you truly trusted someone? 'm not talking about trusting that your parents would send you money for food, or trusting your teacher would be there at your classes regularly scheduled time. I'm talking about trusting someone when you were completely out of your comfort zone. It's a tough question. Many times, people (especially people like me) hate relying completely on someone, especially in a time of vulnerability. But when I reflected on this moment in my life, I realized that Carmen had taught me a great lesson.

A good leader is able to help others, but a great leader is able to make you trust them. I had complete trust in Carmen. She explained the process of getting on the Metro, she made jokes when I didn't put my ticket in the right way of the entrance, but most importantly, she made me see that with building trust comes moments of growth. On that walk, she pointed out several places to explore; one of which was a great little café. On warm sunny days, I would go and sit at the café and just take in my surroundings. It was one of the best times of my life.

Trust was the ultimate factor here. Great leaders (like Carmen) can make other people around them trust them. Having trust and getting past points of vulnerability allow you to learn a lot about yourself while teaching you great lessons in how to lead those around you. Take some small steps in order to get there. We are a little past the midpoint of Fall Quarter, but its never to late to go to that club meeting, create that professional relationship with a professor, or even to go out and try that new restaurant you've walked past several times. Who knows, maybe you will find yourself in the middle of Madrid sitting at a café and enjoying the view.

Joseph Lopez
Management major | Senior
New Student Mentor

The Midterms are Coming

Posted by Danielle LeBaron on October 19, 2015 at 9:10 AM PDT

For most of you, midterms are just around the corner. For others, they may already be here. The most important thing to remember at this point, though, is "DON'T PANIC." Whether you've been preparing since classes began or are just getting started (it's ok, I've been there too), you'll want to find a study method that will set you up for success.

Here are some tips to get you on the right track:

  1. Strategize: Before diving into all the material your exam will cover, make sure you have some sort of game plan. This will keep you from (a) feeling overwhelmed with the material and (b) diverting into things you don’t even need to study. A simple list or a creative and colorful road map will do!
  2. Organize: Once you know exactly what you need to review, set-up your study space. Turn on some instrumental music or tunes you are already familiar to keep you focused. Get out some highlighters to color-code details that you may need to recognize or use on the exam. I usually differentiate vocabulary, high-level concepts, and anything the professor stressed during their lecture. De-clutter your desk of miscellaneous papers and unnecessary electronics (this includes your cell phone!!) to keep any immediate distractions out of reach.
  3. Practice: If your exam is equation-based, gather any problems you struggled with from your homework assignments. Redo them by describing (out loud) and writing down exactly how you should solve the problem. This helps you kinesthetically, visually, and auditorily remember the step-by-step approach for each problem type. However, if your exam is more of the subjective variety (i.e. short essays), create mini outlines of how your professors would expect you to frame your answer. You may not have specific material for those outlines, but by practicing you’ll have a starting point for the actual exam.
  4. Consolidate: Grab a flash card and write down anything you tend to forget or MUST know for the exam (i.e. equations). While you’re waiting for class to start, the flash card is a convenient way to get some last minute review without having to shuffle through all your notes.
  5. Ask for Help: If you're still foggy on some course material, make sure you ask for help! Connect with a classmate, form a study group, or stop by your professor’s office hours. Many math courses have some sort of study session that gives you a chance to work through example problems with your professor’s TAs. I've found those sessions as the best way to figure out any common mistakes I may have been making while solving problems. Also, some professors are gracious enough to provide a practice exam. Check their course on Canvas to see if they posted one!
  6. Treat Yourself: In-between your time reviewing, make sure you take a little break every now and then, for sanity's sake. The best way to do this is make landmarks on your review game plan. Make these breaks the time for a sweet treat, a moment away from your desk, or a dance break to re-energize yourself.

Although I didn't include them in this list, you MUST also remember to sleep and eat. If your body isn't in a descent state to absorb the information you're reviewing, all that hard work will be wasted!

I hope at least a few of these tips help alleviate some of those midterm stressors. You can make it past the "DON'T PANIC" stage and into the "I can do this" stage. I wish you the best of luck! 

Danielle LeBaron
International Business Major | Junior
New Student Mentor

Investing in your Interests

Posted by Chisup Kim on October 14, 2015 at 4:10 PM PDT

When talking to my friends, I often hear about their desires and wishes to travel abroad, but often their preset programs stop them from experiencing the distinctive cultures outside our borders. Although I highly recommend study abroad tours to everyone, not everyone that wants to go can go for whatever reason including: grades, classes available, or even the costs. I was in a similar position last year; I simply could not go on a study abroad tour because of my academic schedule planned out for me. Despite these circumstances, I managed to find a different way to use my passport.

Last winter break, instead of returning home to Las Vegas, I travelled to Guatemala for a service trip. There, my friend Sarah and I volunteered for a nonprofit called Long Way Home. Guatemala contains various problems involving poverty, lack of education, and environmentally unsafe methods of disposing trash. Long Way Home aspires to solve all of these problems through ecological projects. When I arrived, Long Way Home was essentially building a school made from trash in a small town called San Juan Comalapa. Comalapa has a huge waste problem by disposing their garbage into a deep pit. Long Way Home repurposes the trash into useful building materials. Old Tires full of cement were used stacked into sturdy walls. Empty beer and soda bottles were placed in lieu of windows creating beautiful lighting. Plastic was repurposed into reliable concrete. Like Seattle University, they even recycled compost to enrich the soil. The school was beautiful with the materials manifesting into marvelous structures.

Our work days usually started at 8 am and ended at 5 p.m., and the work varied everyday on the worksite. On the first day, we helped build a shed for their water containers. Another day, we went to gather tires from local mechanical shops to build more walls. The next, we were landscaping and reshaping the grounds for the return of the students. Every day surprised me with more and more hard work. But, helping Long Way Home progress closer to their mission made all the hard work valuable. When we were not on the worksite, we were exploring Guatemala. In San Juan Comalapa, we met internationally renowned artist Oscar Peren. Peren has paintings exhibited in many museums around the world, and you can even buy smaller paintings from him at his house. Beyond Comalapa, we took buses and taxis to get around. We traveled to Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala City, and various other areas. My favorite place was definitely the hike up the dormant Volcan de Agua. At the top, we could see the active Volcan de Fuego pluming.

Now, I know not everyone can afford to leave their homes during Christmas break, but the point is that you can find alternatives for your passions than the opportunities set out before you. I had an amazing time in Guatemala by going after opportunities. If travelling really is a passion of yours, then you can always find opportunities outside of school to capitalize on them. The best thing you can do for yourself is invest in your interests in and out of the classroom because the lessons gained will be beyond measurement. 

For more information about Long Way Home:
http://www.lwhome.org/

https://www.facebook.com/LONG-WAY-HOME-297639413189/ 

For more information about study abroad:
https://www.seattleu.edu/abroad/ 

Best,

Chi
International Business & Economics (Double Major) | International Economic Development (Minor) | New Student Mentor