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California Community College Student Outcomes Abroad Research Project


Stimulating Self Reflection

Additional issues and questions to stimulate student self-reflection...

Dr. Linda Gross, Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Michigan State University

Think of examples related to your experiences abroad that have demonstrated your ability to:

  • Share an example of how you had to set priorities to achieve a desired outcome in your study abroad experience.
  • How did your study abroad experience enhance your knowledge, skills, understanding of your intended career field? What assets might international study yield as opposed to someone who studied domestically?
  • Share an example of a travel situation that helped you build your understanding of human motivation. How did this enhance your understanding of leadership or teamwork?
  • Share an example of how your international experience has improved your skills in communicating with others. How might this make you a better professional in your field?
  • How did you have to adjust/adapt to your new cultural surroundings? Share examples from academic, social, and work settings. How did this influence your ability to interact successfully with others?
  • Share an international experience in which you had to resolve a conflict or solve a problem. What skills and personal qualities did you tap into? How did the experience help you grow as a person?
  • Share an example of a study abroad experience in which you took initiative to achieve a greater result.
  • Share an example of a time when you may have been in danger or afraid. What did you learn from it? Why?
  • What was the most significant thing you learned about yourself through your study abroad experience? Why?