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CENet Scholar Blog: Reflecting on a semester abroad

CENet Scholar Jael Garner spent last spring studying in Spain and recently spent some time reflecting on her semester abroad. Students who are interested in going abroad can attend the Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, October 12 from 10 am – 3 pm in the Talley Student Union Ballroom.

“Study abroad was one of the most amazing things I have decided to do so far in my life. Before it all started I didn’t really know what to expect, what the whole experience would be like or how it would even be like to live in Spain. I was able to make some of the most amazing friendships and connections in my life from class, city events, and at home. I studied in Madrid, Spain and there are many exchange students who do their “Erasmus” or study abroad experience there. I made a lot of Spanish friends but surprisingly my closest friends turned out to be Portuguese, French, German, and Australian.

My favorite things of the experience were the food, the fashion, and the travelling. I won’t lie I did miss the occasional Bojangles stop and other American type foods like ribs and such- but I did learn a lot of new recipes while I was there. My favorite foods were paella, jamon iberico, croquetas, and the Spanish tortilla OMG. The fashion was definitely different I am a fan of European fashion in general but when I first arrived it was so overwhelming. Everyone shops at Zara or Bershka among many other stores and it was always amazing to see students during class online shopping or even walking down Gran Via seeing all the people shopping. I soon fell in and starting going on a shopping craze as well because well come on its fashion. My last top favorite thing was the travelling. Flights are so cheap especially from the airline Ryanair where most my flights cost about 20 to 30 euros. While in Spain I travelled to Italy, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, France, Switzerland, England, Portugal and throughout Spain. Of course 20 euros per flight can add up if you travel a lot not to mention food and travel expenses within the country but it’s worth it definitely. I suggest if you plan on studying abroad in Europe to save a bunch of money to travel!!

My university was Universidad de Complutense. I am a Biology major and if you are in the sciences I really recommend studying abroad even though you think you might not be able to. The school was so different- it was very open aired with graffiti all over the building inside and out, the police aren’t allowed to enter the campuses, and there were often strikes. I clearly didn’t have a car so to get to my university I had to take the metro and then a bus to campus, like most students.

This opportunity was amazing and if I were given this opportunity again I would definetly do it. I recommend everyone to study abroad even if it is during the summer or spring break it is an unforgettable experience.”

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2017 Intercultural Leadership Summit

On a beautiful football Saturday in September, twenty-four diverse students came together for a full-day training on topics of leadership and intercultural competencies. These students represent 11 nationalities and various multicultural backgrounds.

The Office of Global Engagement, along with the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service designed the Intercultural Leadership Summit as a student professional development opportunity during which students expanded their network, gained cultural competence, and developed skills for effective leadership.

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Students work to identify potential gaps in cultural values and develop strategies for working successfully across cultural differences.

After completing the Summit, students have successfully completed the first three workshops of ten required for the Leadership Development Program and earned 7 hours of co-curricular credit for the Global Perspectives Certificate.

Find other opportunities from the Office of Global Engagement here: https://global.ncsu.edu/events/

Scavenger Hunt or Scavenger DH Hill?

Each semester, as a part of our welcome and orienting activities, the Global Training Initiative facilitates the #GTIcampusrace for new SKEMA students. This Instagram Scavenger Hunt is designed to get new SKEMA Raleigh students active on the NC State campus. With locations like the Career Development Center and DH Hill Library, competitors learn about the incredible offerings of student support services. With locations like Talley Student Union and the Red Terror Bus stop, they learn how to be a part of the Wolfpack family!

Check out our Instagram hashtag to see hundreds of great campus photos: #gticampusrace.

Where on campus?

A challenge for NC State students: “After a class of students wowed faculty by banning hazing of freshmen, this building was named after their class.”

Global Leadership Institute meets LeaderShape Inc.

For the past two summers, a select group of student leaders from Zhejiang University in China and NC State University have met in Raleigh for an intense week-long training focused on the skills demanded for today’s global society. GTI Global Leadership Institute

For 2017 we are pleased to announce we will be working with the LeaderShape Institute to offer this unique program. The LeaderShape Institute has developed a national reputation as a premier leadership development program for young adults. The LeaderShape Institute is an intensive and energizing six-day program for participants interested in producing extraordinary results in an organization and developing a commitment to lead with a high level of integrity.  NC State has been hosting an annual campus-based session of the LeaderShape Institute since 2004.

We have a very unique opportunity for NC State students to learn alongside students from Zhejiang University in China as we offer LeaderShape here at NC State on July 24-29th.  Interested students must attend the entire Institute (from 3pm on July 24th through Noon on July 29th) and stay on campus with the other participants.  All meals will be included and there is no cost to NC State students who commit and fully participate.  The institute schedule is intense with days starting at breakfast and lasting until 9 or 10pm so participants must be able to fully commit to the experience.  You will not regret spending your week in this transformative, cross cultural leadership development experience.

The Mission of LeaderShape, Inc. 

To transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity™ and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

The Vision of LeaderShape, Inc.

A just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity™ and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

APPLICATION OPEN

THROUGH JUNE 26, 12 PM

Real world experience for GTI students

Since the partnership between NC State and SKEMA Business School started in January 2011, the GTI has been working to connect students to the Triangle business community through guest lectures, site visits, and more. Recently, three of the students in SKEMA’s International Business master’s degree program had the chance to present about international technology and purchasing trends to Citrix’s marketing team in Raleigh and overseas.

The SKEMA students: Kevin Gama, Sabine Plass, and Edgar Rabaud were chosen to participate in the presentation to the Citrix team because of their prior work experiences and their high level of engagement in the GTI’s cross-cultural course and activities. GTI staff have previously worked with Citrix’s marketing team to provide insights into cultural considerations when taking their products overseas.

Graduation 2017: Hannah Taylor

Cultural Exchange Network (CENet) President Hannah Taylor spent all 4 years of her time at NC State with the organization. She is graduating this May with dual degrees in French and International Studies, concentrating on Global Sustainability and Development. She also completed and received the Global Perspectives Certificate.

“I learned so much about culture and cultural interactions during my four years of CENet,” Taylor said. “I improved my cross-cultural competency, my organizational and leadership skills, as well as communication and public speaking. Working with CENet encouraged me to reflect on my own background, culture, and understanding of my own identity and cultural experiences.”

Read more about her global learning and experiences in her final certificate portfolio.

Congratulations Hannah and thanks for all of your hard work and contributions over the years! We’re looking forward to seeing the great things you’ll do in the future!

Climbing Mount Toubkal

CENet Scholar Blog: Pre-Class Travels

Rewind…to the start of the semester in Madrid for CENet Scholar Jael Garner.

Follow her journeys through Italy, Germany, and Belgium.