Hello to all the current and prospective students of Pittsburg State University! For those of you who know me, my name is Zachary Dent, and I'm a recent graduate from Pittsburg State University. And for those of you who do know me, I'm writing to you because I wanted to share something that you maybe didn't know about me.
For my last two semesters at Pittsburg State University, I wasn't on campus. I was somewhere else -- in France. I was studying abroad in a very different way -- while studying abroad, I was working as a teaching assistant for TAPIF -- the Teaching Assistant Program in France. The program is designed to bring French students in contact with other languages from other cultures. While working for TAPIF, I met many assistants from many countries -- assistants from Britain, Germany, Russia, and China.
It really is a challenge to leave your home country and to go out, to explore the world a bit. Not only did I have the chance to teach, I had the chance to teach in a foreign country. I couldn't have asked for a more amazing experience from college -- my memories abroad will undoubtedly aid me in the future for my education and my career.
What you do with your college experience is up to you. No matter what studies you choose to do, I have only one piece of advice for you -- do your best to get an internship, no matter what it is. The professional experience you gain from it will undoubtedly be of use. In some cases, there's more -- the journeys, the memories, and the friendships are real reason to undertake these tasks.
What you choose to do with your education is ultimately up to you. I chose French, and I'm proud of the Modern Languages Department for having such a wonderful French professor, Madame Krepps, who has personally guided me all throughout my studies. It's thanks to her I've managed to have such a wonderful opportunity.
Best of luck to you all in your studies -- study hard, work hard, and better yourself -- and you may see doors open for yourself, too. -- Zach