Living the Dream

By Hope Steffensen

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Did you know you can live in a castle if you are a UT Dallas student? How about work in Washington D.C. full time? Well, you can!

Imagine spending part of your summer in a renovated medieval castle in northern Italy. Picture taking classes in a castle turret, and then walking out after class to have tea with a princess. Imagine traveling around Europe, seeing the Eiffel Tower, the Charles River Bridge and the Vatican. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? But it isn’t a dream, at least not for me. This is what I did last summer via a UT Dallas study abroad program.

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Now, travel in your mind over to Washington D.C. Instead of going to class at UT Dallas, I attended class one block from the White House! I worked every day with attorneys in the Heritage Foundation’s Legal Center, and I got to live in a city which lives and breathes American history and politics. Now, that is a dream world for a political science student! However, it was my reality through the Archer Fellowship Program. This academic fellowship takes students from across the UT System, and attending UT-Dallas made me eligible to apply.

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Whether you dream of traveling the world, or whether you dream of working in the District of Columbia, you can make that dream come true as a UT Dallas student. The Education Abroad Office has information on many study abroad options, and the faculty associated with the programs are very helpful in answering questions. If you want to do what I did, check out the “Summer Study in Italy” option under faculty led/customized programs. Professor Mark Rosen is the faculty representative now, and after spending a day in Venice learning from him, I can say I highly recommend him!

And if you want to get out to the East Coast and work in the nation’s capital, then apply to the Archer Fellowship Program. It is available in the fall and spring semesters for juniors and seniors. You work full-time in Washington D.C. and still get UT Dallas class credit. Our faculty representative is Dr. Edward Harpham, and he played an important role in my decision to apply for the fellowship.

So, what are you waiting for? Go out there and make your dream a reality. Whether you are on campus, or half-way across the world, it is great to be a UT Dallas Comet! Whoosh!

 

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