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Senior extols virtues of internationalization

Whether studying abroad or having a conversation in the dining hall, it’s good for students to break out of their comfort zones and take part in international relations, senior Kristyn Mohr said.

“It’s important not to have a single-minded view of how the world works,” said Mohr, a double major in linguistics and Arabic. “We live on a diverse campus within a diverse country. Learning that differences exist — and that they’re OK — makes you a better citizen overall.”

Mohr, 21, is doing her part to ensure that students realize the importance of internationalization. As the international engagement intern at the Career Development Center, she is helping others build on their experiences when they return from abroad, offering information about clubs that connect language and culture or providing tips to find jobs that have an international focus.

Too often, Mohr said, students “close the book” on study abroad. Some do not even place it on their résumés.

“It’s not a blip on the screen of your undergraduate career,” she said. “Show how the experience transformed you or prepared you for a future endeavor in any field.”

Mohr also serves as the undergraduate representative of the Globalistas, a group of faculty, staff and students committed to increasing awareness of internationalization. Nov. 16 is the start of International Education Week, and Mohr is helping to plan a panel in which participants will discuss how international work has transformed their attitudes and decisions.

Nancy Paul, Career Development Center director who has worked with Mohr in the CDC position and with the Globalistas, called the Staten Island resident “an exceptional student.”

“Kristyn brings enthusiasm and passion to both roles and has made significant contributions in advancing our efforts to develop resources and programs that motivate and assist students as they explore and pursue international opportunities,” she said.

That enthusiasm and passion stems primarily from a trip to Morocco that Mohr took in the summer of 2008 and her work in English Conversation Pairs. In the latter program, native English speakers meet with non-English speakers to work on conversation skills.

Mohr, who spent last summer in New York City as an intern for a translation company, hopes to spend a year or two after graduation teaching English abroad before getting into cross-cultural communication or international-education work.

“On the first day of my freshman year, I never would’ve guessed that I would go to Morocco or have a fluency in Arabic,” she said. “When I came to Binghamton, I realized there were things outside of math, science and history. There were all of these other options.”

To see the International Education Week schedule, go to http://www2.binghamton.edu/oip/intl-educ-wk.html


 

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Last Updated: 10/14/08