Latino Students: 10 Reasons to Study Abroad
Dr. Gary Rhodes
June 05, 2007
- Gain new insights and outlooks
You will have the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures, and some of these people may even become lifelong friends.
- Fight stereotypes by educating others
Hispanic-American students may become frustrated when stereotypes from home follow them overseas. However, this is also a unique opportunity to educate others about who you are as an individual and as a group.
- Dispel your own stereotypes
In addition to serving as a cultural ambassador to dispel other’s misconceptions, studying abroad gives you a chance to break down some of your own stereotypes about other countries and peoples. If traveling to your family’s native country, you may be surprised to find that you don’t in fact know everything about your own culture!
- Take control of your future
During your time abroad, you will be exposed to countless experiences that may influence the rest of your life. Some students even end up changing their major or career path as a result of the new things they learn from being abroad.
- See what influence these great Hispanic and Latino leaders have had
A number of Hispanic- and Latino-Americans were strongly shaped by their international experiences, including:
- Alberto R. Gonzales, former U.S. Attorney General and the first Hispanic to hold such high office in the U.S. government
- Dr. Antonia Novello, the first Latin-American and first woman to be appointed to the post of surgeon general of the United States
- Geraldo Rivera, journalist and veteran foreign correspondent
- Gaddi H. Vasquez, first Hispanic director of the Peace Corps
Gary Rhodes, Ph.D., is director for Project for Learning Abroad, Training, and Outreach (PLATO) at the Center for Global Education at Loyola Marymount University. This article reprinted with permission from NextStep Magazine.