Closing the Expectation Gap Between Students and Employers

April 24, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Marty Tillman

Even though we finally have good economic news for the Class of 2015, this remains a confusing topic to write about. There is clear evidence of the financial gains for students with BA degrees versus those without the credential, and yet there is also incontrovertible research showing that employers (largely surveyed in the private sector) believe that students are graduating without the skill sets that they need to be hired (especially true in the technical fields).... See More

Do You Speak Millennial? Tech Tips that Resonate for International Programming

April 22, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Melissa Vivian and Alex Paisner

In today's world of international education we spend much of our time with a very important demographic, millennials. From program promotion to onboarding, preparation, and on ground support, there are "old school" and "new school" technology solutions that will resonate, or not, with the students that we work with. Let's take a look at some of the best platforms for reaching students in the manner in which they're accustomed.

First, let's define the term "millennial"

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Your Future in International Education: Goals, Skills, and Graduate Study

April 17, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Sora Friedman

In my current roles as a teacher of international education and a member of the NAFSA Region XI chair stream, I am often asked about the value of an advanced degree for international education (IE) professionals. When does one need a master’s degree? Will it facilitate professional advancement? What value can a doctorate provide and how does the deep dive into a more focused area help in one’s work? This blog will explore these questions, taking into account that there is no one formula that works for everyone.

Do I need a master’s degree to work in the field of international education?

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Failure is Not the Other ‘F’ Word

April 16, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Samantha Martin

We train students to learn from failure abroad, while we ourselves are feeling afraid to fail at work. We coach students on how to spot a “teachable moment,” like misspeaking in another language, committing a social blunder, or missing the bus. We tell them how to cope with failure using humor, curiosity, and humility.

Yet where are we, as international educators, given permission to try and fail?

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The Neighborhoods of Boston

March 31, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Clare O'Brien

When you arrive in Boston, you will be amazed at the variety of neighborhoods that exist within a relatively small area. While these neighborhoods flow from one to the next, sometimes separated only by a stop on the “T” (Boston’s subway system), each section of the city has its own character and ambiance. This diversity of locales creates a wonderful opportunity to go back in time as you see historical sites, take in the local cultures, and taste foods from around the world. I challenge you to visit as many of these neighborhoods as possible during your free time in Boston.... See More

Food Glorious Food! Part Two – Restaurants In and Around Boston

March 26, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Clare O'Brien

As I mentioned in my last blog post, there are an abundance of wonderful restaurants in Boston. Several of these restaurants have well-known chefs and are frequently featured on TV and in "foodie" magazines. I know some of you may not have much free time to do the tourist thing and travel around the city, but if you make a point to get out for a meal, many of these locations will allow you to see some of the best parts of Boston.... See More

Top 10 Things to Do While in Boston for NAFSA 2015

March 03, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Clare O'Brien

We all know how easy it is to fill one’s schedule with back-to-back meetings, sessions, and events during the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo. But please don’t forget to leave time to explore the beautiful city of Boston during your stay in New England.

The list of things to do in Boston can be overwhelming, so I thought I would try to choose my top 10 favorite activities to share with you in my blog this week. If you can make this trip a family vacation, you will not be disappointed. All the things on my list are perfect for people of all ages!

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War, Education, and International Justice: Ishmael Beah’s Journey from Child Soldier to Activist Storyteller

March 02, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Simon Adams, PhD

It’s not every former child soldier who has a memoir on the New York Times bestseller list. Or has the Washington Post’s reviewer declare that, “everyone in the world should read this book.” Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone is a phenomenon, selling 1.5 million copies and even being offered over the counter at Starbucks alongside your morning frappuccino.... See More

The Hub, Cradle of Liberty, America’s Walking City–Come Join Us in Boston!

February 18, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Clare O'Brien

Greetings from Boston, a city renowned for being the epicenter of American history and a preeminent higher education location where tens of thousands of international students choose to study. I look forward to sharing fun facts, must-sees, and must-eats in and around this vibrant and multifaceted city in the coming months as you prepare for your stay in Boston for the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference & Expo.... See More