Fair is fair

Wright State hosted fairs to help students find opportunities to get involved on campus and study abroad

Wright State University hosted two simultaneous fairs for students on Jan. 17. The first was the Winter Study Abroad Fair, which was held for the first time in the newly renovated Allyn Hall Lounge. The second was a Student Involvement Fair in the Student Union Atrium.

Wright State offers 10 to 15 study abroad programs every year for students to participate in.

“I’m weighing all of the options, but I’m leaning towards Japan,” said Mia Rodriguez, a first-year art major who attended the fair.

Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, the University Center for International Education director, said that less than 11% of college students travel abroad.

“Having this experience shows that you’re ready to take risks and experience another culture abroad,” she said.

Streeter-Ferrari said students often choose a study destination based on their knowledge of the country and if they can speak the language.

“University students tend to gravitate towards Europe, Central America, places that they may be more familiar with,” said Streeter-Ferrari.

This year, the University Center for International Education is offering a $500 scholarship to any student participating in the study abroad program.

While the Winter Study Abroad Fair was taking place, students also gathered in the Student Union to learn about dozens of organizations and university departments at the Student Involvement Fair.

“I think it is really helpful,” said Jaelyn Hunt, a senior sports science major who is the president of Black Women Striving Forward, an organization whose purpose is to strengthen the relationship among women at Wright State.

The fair attracted around 50 student organizations and several hundred interested students.

“Getting involved is so worth it,” said Lexi Ricker, a senior psychology major and Student Involvement Fair planner. “It helps you find your people and helps make Wright State your home away from home.”

Students can learn more about studying abroad at studyabroad.wright.edu and how to get involved at Wright State at wright.edu/student-affairs/student-involvement-and-leadership/get-involved.

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