So. You’ve had this amazing, life-changing adventure. You’ve studied abroad. But what do you do now? (Besides rave about it to anyone who will listen.) Well, as I learned at the Welcome Back Reception for returning study abroad students, there are countless ways to extend the study abroad experience back to life in the U.S. This is important information to know for people who have studied abroad and those who are considering doing so. After you travel across the world and back, the world is at your feet. Here’s how you take advantage of it.
One simple lesson I was taught growing up was to put others before yourself. I did not know the true meaning of this lesson until my recent travels to Zacapa, Guatemala. Sponsored by Athletic Therapeutic Institute Physical Therapy and Hearts in Motion, I joined four other students from across the country on a service learning trip to a country we knew little about, Guatemala. We had one mission in mind: provide those in need with exceptional physical therapy and medical services.
One of the most exciting possibilities open to students at Westfield is the chance to study abroad. Students can spend weeks, months, or even a full year in a different country where they can earn college credit, increase their intercultural understanding, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Some freshmen are blessed with knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives. They have a plan, they know which departments to enter, and they can easily find resources on how to get where they want to go.
One of the best things about college is the opportunity to meet new people through shared activities. Campus groups, clubs, and teams are a great way to do it while enriching your academic experience.
Westfield State offers over 70 different clubs and organizations for students to choose from. Here’s a quick rundown of our groups and some important links you’ll need to get started.
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As the only public college in New England to offer a bachelor’s degree in regional planning, Westfield State has a solid history of educating and training successful planners that dates back to 1983. Key in this work by the Geography and Regional Planning Program—known as GARP—is the University’s connection to Tim Brennan, the executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC).
Hikers in Stanley Park are benefiting from the trail mapping efforts of Chelsey Pousland ’17, a recent graduate of the University’s Geography and Regional Planning Program, known as GARP. Thanks to her efforts, the trails in the park’s Frank Stanley Beveridge Wildlife Sanctuary have been accurately mapped, with signs at points of entry and trail maps placed in kiosks throughout the several miles of trails, encompassing some 100 acres of the 200-acre sanctuary property.
In May of 2017 we were given the opportunity to step completely out of our comfort zone by traveling halfway around the world. Through the Go Global program offered by Westfield State University, we traveled from Boston to Beijing to begin our trip filled with unforgettable experiences, learning, and memories.
When people think about “criminal justice” they often picture the police force, and while that may be true, the Criminal Justice Department at Westfield State prepares graduates for wide ranging careers that span the work force.