You have lived through a life-changing experience and nothing will be the same for you. This can be very exciting, but it can also be very frustrating. I hope your new insight, enthusiasm and global view will overcome the negatives.
"Interest in and support for language study has been strengthened in the United States in recent years by the growing recognition that proficiency in more than one language benefits both individual learners and society. For the individual language learner, research has found a positive link between second language proficiency and cognitive and academic ability. (And)..a multilingual workforce enhances America’s economic competitiveness abroad, helps maintain our political and security interests, and promotes tolerance and intercultural awareness." (Marcos & Peyton 2000, NEA World Language Studies)
Drake students have also embraced the importance of language study here at Drake and also abroad, but I will let them talk about the experience in their own words.
Study Abroad program evaluations have now moved online. Please visit Abroad101.com, a new feedback website, while your experience is still fresh in your mind! Let other Drake students hear your thoughts and recommendations as they look for their own programs.
* If you participated on a Drake exchange program, please fill out the paper evaluation.
Again, I’m glad you’re back! I look forward to hearing from you!