Peace Corps -- Transitioning To A New Culture

Peace Corps prepares Volunteers for new language, culture, and skills overseas.

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Peace Corps is similar to the college experience in that Volunteers have to apply and be accepted before they go overseas. However, before placed in their communities, Volunteers spend three months with their cohort learning new languages and cultures, forming new friends, being mentored by locals, and acquiring new skills so that they can be successful before heading to their site on their own. Going to college is similar, it's an assimilation process. 

[Optional] Synthesize a little! In one sentence, describe what you learned from your empathy exercises or analogous research. (Ex: Good advisors make a difference.)

Going to college is like going to foreign to country. You need to help in learning the language, connecting with mentors, and acquiring new skills.


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This is such a great analogy, especially for under-represented college students, college really is an entirely different culture. We see just as much stopping out of college for reasons that I would deem 'cultural' as we do because someone ran out of financial aid, or they couldn't do the course work--perhaps more, if students were being totally honest. I think there is a ton of merit to investigating this analogy!

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