Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Goals Derek Hurt

 I want to get most out of my experience is the learning experience and to have fun.
Before I go I want to learn more about their laws.  While I`m there the culture and language, and after I return the negatives and positives of Puerto Rico.
My fears about going is the fact that I will be traveling by myself, or if I actually can not communicate with other people as quickly while I`m there.

Blog 5: Vocation

Blog 5: Vocation

During my senior year, I plan to apply to the JET Program, which offers an opportunity to teach English in Japan for 1-5 years. Alternatively, I plan to try to find a job teaching ESL at a public school. My study abroad experience will give me professional skills to be successful in this field. After gaining some job experience, I want to attend SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont to get my Master’s degree in TESOL.

While I'm abroad, I will visit the Japan Plaza to practice my Japanese as much as possible with the native speakers. Although I'm already a third-culture kid, learning Japanese and Japanese culture will help me learn what it's like to learn another language as well as a new culture. This will allow me to connect with and understand my future students better. By the end of my study abroad experience, I want to improve my Japanese language proficiency – increasing by a limited working proficiency to a professional working proficiency. Once I actually arrive at my host institution, I plan on finding more opportunities to get myself involved in the community - both at the university and outside of it.
I don't have any specific vocational goals at the moment, but going abroad certainly can't hurt. The acquisition of experience speaking the Spanish language could make me a more attractive option for positions involving international business. Becoming a more well-rounded international citizen would also help me stand out in my future endeavors.

Vivere come un locale - Bella Style!

To avoid negative symptoms from adapting to a new culture, I feel that having an awareness and appreciation of this opportunity is key to recognizing its worth and using what time I have to my fullest potential.
Since I have already fulfilled my major and core curriculum, there’s a freedom to pursue new interests and take classes all about Italy’s history and culture.  Since they don’t offer hands-on art classes in the international curriculum (aka, in English), I plan on asking about sitting in on life-drawing sessions and using the studios for independent work. Surely, there will be a fine arts circle to hit it off with. In the unlikely case that there isn't one (no art club at a college in Milan = *gasps* inconceivable!), then ol' beller (yours truly) will have to be the originator of an epic clique of content creators!! 
My idea of living like a local is having a sense of familiarity and acquaintances within your daily routine. While I aim to assimilate to a level of comfort with my surroundings, my position as an international student gives me the liberty to seize each day with adventure.  
Not finding friends should rarely be a problem if you’re actively searching for them. There’s the obvious chance of bonding with your peers and roommates but, if there’s still no success, then other prospects include involvement in community clubs/events (offers found in newspaper forums, online groups, etc.) and public hangouts (clubs, cafes, attractions, etc.). Common interests are bound to form connections, and it doesn’t hurt to dose out a little charisma and enthusiasm.
My biggest fear about hindering the experience is fear itself; letting anxiety psych myself out into not being involved for fear of failure, ridicule, etc. Overthinking tends to overwhelm which results in restricting myself to complacency.

Tough days are inevitable; so I can either partake in a comfort activity, recharge with some camaraderie shenanigans, or just aimlessly explore frickin' MILAN!  

Blog 4: Intercultural Competency

To become a regular community member and "live like a local", you have to make an effort to understand the cultural norms. However, as much as you want to live like a local, you have to realize it will take some time to adjust at first. Once you get the hang of things, you might then be able to live like a local by taking on similar lifestyle habits and actions.

To first get involved on campus at TIU I want to be active in the Japanese language courses and do my best to also help others with English (even though I'm not too great at it sometimes). But, I also want to join the Photography club even though it is a less academic interest.

I want to also make an attempt to attend all cultural events held in the community, and to spend time with my local host family in the process. Basically, to live like a local, I think I should participate in most of the normal everything days they do.

While I know it will be a different experience and that I will definitely get stressed out at some, I think I will be able to handle with my normal coping methods. Typically, whenever I'm feeling down I like to take time alone and either read or watch some random tv series. Another less healthy coping mechanism I have for stress is going shopping. And, since I'll pretty much be in Tokyo the whole time, I think this will be easily accomplished.

Adulting after Study Abroad

My experience while abroad will not only be a gem on my resume but lead to my vocational development in a few ways:

  • Bilingual 
  • Volunteering over 70 hours in Puebla, Mexico
  • Experience with traveling in a foreign country
  • Living with a host family for 5 months
  • Learning basic Portuguese 
  • Completing a senior study based on firsthand research in another country

When I join the adult world (though is scares me to think about it) study abroad will have prepared me for:

  • Applying to Peace Corps
  • Grad School interviews 
  • Jobs requiring bilingual ability
  • Being a packing genius 
  • Interaction with culturally diverse people 

Life skills that I don't know how I've made it this far without:

  • Making Mexican rice from scratch
  • Memorizing the recipe for tamales 
  • All the Mexican bad words
  • Big city life
  • Pronouncing Popocat√©petl and Iztacc√≠huatl, the two volcanoes visible from Puebla, Mexico


Going for an internship abroad is quite the extra way to meet my vocational goal. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to be a doctor or at the very least working within the medical field. Now that I’ve gotten further in my major, I have begun to consider the possibility of pursuing a career in global health or in medical research.

In fact, one of the main goals that I set up for myself for my internship is to come back with a global perspective on health. What better way to do that than with an internationally renowned medical school? While New Zealand isn’t completely different in terms of available health care, it does differ in that their system of healthcare is a universal healthcare system. My internship is largely involvement in medical research by studying the plasma RNA signals of … as a method of detection of cancer. However, I will be able to interact with patients – complete strangers, no less – and practice my bedside manner.

In addition to this, I previously mentioned seeking volunteering opportunities abroad. The best way to organize this would be through my internship advisor or even through ISA, which I haven’t initiated yet but plan to. It is likely that any volunteering opportunities I find will not be in healthcare, but I think anything I find would be important because it would be a chance to work on my people skills.