This year for Global Engagement Day I attended the session titled “The Impact and Benefits of International Education.” To be completely honest, I was worried that I might be setting myself up to hear a lot of things that I had heard before, but I could not have been more wrong. The two speakers at this session were both very interesting, engaging, and informative. One was a current international student, and the other a former international student who now works for the University.
Both speakers brought very valuable perspectives to the conversation and made me think about how I am participating in international experiences just by being a student on this campus. They also raised every compelling points about how international education can actually be a huge benefit to the United States economy, creating jobs and bringing in capital. I think this was a very astute and appropriate defense of international education, given the criticism it has fallen under by some in recent years.
I’m glad I chose this session!