Follow Krystal Booker-Reusch along her journey of self-discovery while she studies abroad.
Are you feeling a little overwhelmed trying to make the most of your college experience? Are you finding it hard to envision what your future could be after graduation, or do you need help with professionally marketing your skills including intercultural experiences?
LynxConnect is totally dedicated to fostering diversity and success among all CU Denver students. Our caring and enthusiastic team can assist you in gaining confidence, exploring studying abroad, assessing your cross-cultural skills, charting career options, academic research, and expanding your global perspectives. So many CU Denver students have exactly the talents which employers are seeking here in Colorado and around the world.
In addition to advising students on charting their own pathway to success, LynxConnect staff can help you navigate common barriers including finances, access to information, and cultural adjustment.
One of the members of our team is Krystal Booker-Reusch, a Global Education Program Manager for LynxConnect. Here she reflects on overcoming her fears about studying abroad and the advocates who helped to make her life-changing experience possible.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
I vividly remember the numerous events I attended as a college freshman to help me plan my educational journey. Among those included observing powerful motivational speeches from renowned alumni, visiting dozens of elaborate campus organization tables, and meeting with eager faculty across the disciplinary spectrum, all aiming to help students navigate their meandering goals into purposeful, attainable steps. It was heartwarming to see so many people excited to support our own voyages of discovery as new students, and yet there were admittedly times where I doubted whether such amazing opportunities in college were really possible for someone like me.
Studying abroad was among the options that I hastily assumed would not be achievable in college. Such fears ranged from expectations that the financial costs would be far too high, that it would be too unsafe for me to go so far away from home as a student of color, and that it could be difficult to convince my family about the benefits of that experience, knowing their deterrence was earnestly based on love and past sacrifices made throughout my childhood. Being 100 miles away from my hometown as a freshman was tough already; even 1000 miles away would be simply unimaginable.
My 8000-mile journey began the night I met my first international exchange resident from Taiwan. I remember how excited she was to tell me about the countless new sights, new sounds, new foods, even new genres of music she heard in passing from the moment she boarded the US-bound plane leaving Taipei, and how tearfully appreciative she was for how welcomed our Resident Advisor team made her feel on campus that evening. It was the start of many conversations between us over several months about adjusting to a new life abroad, ultimately convincing me to take a similar leap of faith to really understand my identities and to experience the world from an entirely new perspective. That leap became my decision to study abroad in Taiwan for a summer.
Interested in learning more about study abroad opportunities at CU Denver? It is never too early! Schedule an appointment with our Office of Global Education, contact a Peer Advisor in LynxConnect, or attend our Spring Study Abroad Virtual Fair on January 25, 2022 and our Virtual Scholarship & Financial Assistance Panel Discussion on January 26, 2022. More details about both virtual events will be posted on our study abroad website and in Handshake.