It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere

May 07, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Bradley Moon

Has all this talk of immigration advising, international recruitment, public policy, and study abroad made you thirsty? Well, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere… so it’s time to plan a San Diego happy hour! The following are recommendations from the Local Arrangements Team of some terrific San Diego hot spots to wet your whistle after a long day of NAFSA sessions and networking:... See More

The Cultural Adaptation of Student Services in Higher Education

May 01, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Carin Usrey

While I officially work as a university career counselor, I frequently find myself taking on the role of a marketing specialist, continually revamping outreach efforts to increase student awareness of our office’s services and drive up attendance at our campus programs and events. Regardless of how valuable, practical, and arguably necessary our office’s services might be, it is a constant struggle to convince students of our ongoing relevance and even more of a challenge to embed ourselves into the culture of a student’s college experience.

As a passionate advocate of education abroad and an avid supporter of integrating global experiences into college life, I know that global education professionals are faced with similar challenges. Offering what most universities currently value as an elective service, there is an additional barrier of persuading students to see the added value of an optional study abroad experience, not to mention the extra work of validating its financial and academic feasibility.

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San Diego's Urban Neighborhoods

April 30, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Bradley Moon

While visitors to San Diego flock to the sunny beaches that line the Pacific coast, not to be overlooked are San Diego’s distinct urban neighborhoods, each with its own personality and panache.... See More

Traveling Like You Own the Skies

April 17, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Andy Fraher and John Wilkerson

"We'd like to invite our business class cabin to board now. We'll begin our general boarding process in just a few minutes; please wait for your zone number to be called before approaching the boarding gate."

Does this announcement leave you feeling anxious and stressed out? How about angry that, in our society, class distinctions still exist? Are you preparing to throw elbows with the rest of the masses to ensure that you can get to your cramped seat and have space to store your carry-on in the overhead bin?

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Day Trips Outside of Boston

April 14, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Clare O'Brien

One of the best perks of visiting the Boston area is its vicinity to other fun, historic locations and terrains, including scenic beaches and mountains. This week's blog post is geared toward those who are interested in further exploring New England and planning to extend their conference week with additional day trips outside of Boston.

There are so many options when it comes to going to the beach. Although it may not be swimsuit weather yet due to the cold temperature of the ocean, a walk along the Atlantic can help clear your mind. Plum Island is an 11-mile long barrier island off the shore of Newburyport, and 1.5 hours north of Boston. It offers views of a charming lighthouse and a lush nature preserve, which is a haven for bird watchers from all over the country. If you head up this way, stop and explore the cute shops and cafes in the town center, or stroll along the residential streets of Newburyport, past the brightly colored homes dating back to the shipbuilding days of the 1700s.

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Communication – A Skill That Can Take You Anywhere

April 14, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Tonyia Stewart

As international admissions coordinator for Clemson University, I receive many phone calls and e-mails every day with questions and concerns about applications, decisions, and test scores. Students often stop by to drop off final official transcripts and have questions about conditional acceptance and their transcripts. Having a professional background in long-term care and marketing, I have developed strong communication skills. Even with these skills, I never realized how much I would struggle with answering simple questions until I began working in international education. The communication skills I learned in my previous positions were a good foundation, but I had to learn more in order to be successful in my new role.... See More

Engage with i-Engage!

April 14, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Bradley Moon

Greetings, international educators, from sunny San Diego! The NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference is less than two months away! If you have not already registered, don’t forget that early-bird registration for the conference ends April 18.... See More

PHASE II: Staying Involved

April 10, 2014 | Topics: Careers

By Michael Smithee

If you are like me, you have spent your professional life discovering how truly broad the field of international education is. You have developed a fount of knowledge and impressive skills, and likely you do not want to retreat into a shell. (Maybe you want to disengage for a short period of time.)... See More

How to Use Networking and Informational Interviews to Start a Career, Further a Career, or Change a Career

April 03, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Ellen H. Badger and Shawna Szabo

Networking with professionals can be a daunting task. However, informational interviews can lead to that “foot in the door” we all need when it comes to starting or advancing a career in international education. The truth is that people love to talk about themselves and their career path. Use this to your advantage. Compile a list of professionals in the field that you can contact to arrange a 15- to 20-minute informational interview. Be sure to utilize your college alumni network, former and current colleagues, as well as friends and family members.... See More

Planning Your Free Time in San Diego

March 31, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Bradley Moon

Greetings international educators! For those of you planning to come explore San Diego a little early, or to stick around the weekend after the conference, this blog post is for you! If you are someone who prefers wines and a sophisticated nosh, you can head north of San Diego to check out Southern California's wine region near the town of Temecula. More adventurous individuals fancying mariachis and margaritas can consider crossing the border to take in the sights and sounds of Tijuana, while baseball fans should not miss heading over to Petco Park to cheer on the Padres!... See More