Networking = learning, connecting, discovering, and giving back.

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
By Yuezhong Zheng Networking in higher education and student affairs is important. It helps you make key connections, and it often gives you an advantage when it comes to hiring. However, when I first came to the U.S. as an international student and even when I was just starting off in higher education, networking was a very foreign and scary concept to me, and being an introvert doesn’t make any...

Transporting “Race” Abroad: Supporting Study Abroad Students & International Students through Racial Identity Exploration & Development

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
By Lauren Chow Study abroad can play a valuable role in a student’s development throughout their college career. According to IIE’s Open Doors Report , over 330,000 US undergraduates participate in some type of education abroad every year, and study abroad students have been shown to have higher graduation rates, retention rates, and GPAs . Internationalization has emerged as a hot buzzword on...

Always Be Open to Misinterpretation in Spain

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
By Luz Aguirre Ramirez Growing up bilingual has been like growing in two cultures within one space. I have always loved maneuvering my way through one language to the next. The joyful feeling of exploring both languages has never gone away. It has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my life, and I couldn't be any happier to be a “Spanglish” speaker. I was born and raised in Mexico until I...

How my exchange studies changed my whole career plan

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
By Celia Ogna It’s 2014. I am 21 years old, and after 9 years of wanting to live in the US, I’m stepping on the first step of the staircase. I am embarking on a journey that is going to change my life completely. This upcoming semester I will be an exchange student at Ferris State University in Michigan. I have been planning my relocation for months and at this point, I have tons of notes on my...

Directorate Board Introduction: Konoka Shiino

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
Tell us about yourself and your role within the Commission. My name is Konoka Shiino; I will be serving as one of the Membership Coordinators of the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development (CGDSD). I am excited to share our efforts in bringing international perspectives with the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) members from all functional areas by providing unique and...