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Learn about how study abroad has impacted their lives after college
Sarah Christian spent a semester at American College of
Thessaloniki, ISU’s partner school in Greece.
She graduated in 2010 with degrees in history
and legal studies. After graduation she spent a year working in
Cairo with the Office of the Vice President for
Planning and Administration.
Because of her work she has been able to study Arabic and witness the
revolutions in Egypt. What does any of
this have to do with studying abroad? Everything! Studying abroad opens up minds
to new experiences and new cultures. Study abroad showed me first hand that other people have different ways of doing
things, and that that's okay.
Sarah’s work in Cairo was possible because of her study abroad experiences. Having successfully completed a
semester abroad is what gave me the courage and confidence to undertake an
entire year abroad in an even more "exotic" location. My year in Cairo has
without a doubt firmly shaped my career path and my life.
What Sarah did after Cairo is impressive.
In October 2011, I began a position as an Associate with Chemonics
International, an international
development consulting company. They design and implement foreign aid contracts
in developing countries, mostly from USAID. My position is in their Egypt, North
Africa, and Yemen Region, where I support a USAID project in Egypt. Her
career opportunities and professional development all started with a semester in
Sarah’s advice? It doesn't even matter
which country or part of the world you go to, just go somewhere.