A Study Abroad Program That Works

I’m not sure I’d want to do it, though I can so see the benefits. And I’d be far more likely to go myself than to recommend someone else go.

What am I talking about?

It all started when a few alumni of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks wrote a regular column for the school newspaper, while they were deployed in Iraq. A university even allowing a column written by soldiers? This should already be setting off red flags. And the president, Mark Hamilton, is a former US Army general. I know!

Anyway, the column was a great success, so Hamilton suggested that the journalism department at UAF try to get some of the students embedded with soldiers. In Iraq.

Everything the students write is being published by local news agencies. That’s an internship by fire… But one that will definitely show the students what it means to be a journalist.

Not Your Average Liberal Arts Education

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