Isaiah Weaver’s #StudyAbroad Story

Isaiah Weaver’s #StudyAbroad Story


Hi, I’m Isaiah Weaver, I studied abroad using CLS
Critical Language Scholarship program in the summer 2015. I was in Lucknow, India
studying Urdu. The Critical Language Scholarship program, it’s funded by the
State Department. It funds students from around the United States to go study
abroad. It’s completely free, fully funded. Jimmy hits about 13 languages and are adding
more. Just recently they added Swahili. Originally I never thought I could
study abroad, I didn’t have any language skills but my folks never had money to
actually send us overseas, so in college I was like I’m gonna figure out a way to
study abroad and didn’t want to go to the military route. I grew as a person a
hundred times faster than I would have if I stayed in the states and forced me to
learn different cultures quickly. It forced me to actually become more
accepting of things that were different. And then became more interesting, I
became more interested in myself, was like, “Oh this is awesome!” It sets you apart differently. I study
engineering and a lot of students who study engineering do not think they
should go abroad, they should get an internship instead. However we live in a
global environment so it set me up with you can show explicitly that you
have interaction in different cultures, different languages and you know how to
proceed in a good manner, regardless inside the States, outside
the States. I was being interviewed one time
actually and it was a phone interview and the lady stopped and she was going
through my resume again and then she looked “You went to India? Why?” It’s
completely engineering internship but then it just became a talking point so I
started going to stories about India, then she was very excited to talk more
about it. Regardless of the fact that this had nothing to do with my technical skills
at all. Eventually I was offered a job, so… [Upbeat background music]

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