PHOTOGRAPHY

GENERAL 

For each photo, include a title, the location, year and a caption.

Photos must be original work and have been taken by the entrant while studying abroad.

Photos must be free of alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or any inappropriate content and must be in accordance with the Middlebury College’s code of conduct.

SUGGESTED CATEGORIES

Connectivity. A key transformation of your study abroad journey will be discovering that while our lives as humans differ vastly across the world, we are all also connected in many ways. Take photos of you and your new local friends and family learning about each other, sharing moments, and making memories.

Portraiture. Share a portrait or artistic representation of a person, persons, or creature you met or observed during your travels. 

Striking Scenes. Capture the essence and energy of the geographic settings(s) in which you studied and explored.

VIDEOS 

Videos included on sites should include the location, names of sound tracks and a blurb.

Only copyright-free music should be used in your videos.

Videos must be free of alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or any inappropriate content and must be in accordance with the Middlebury College’s code of conduct.

REFLECTIVE WRITING 

GENERAL 

Posts can be in the form of travel guides, reflections, ‘study abroad guides’ etc.

Each post should include at least one photograph that captures the essence of the post used as the ‘featured image’. 

Posts may include links to external websites (if it aids in your presentation of your time abroad).

PROMPTS 

Stuck? Feel free to use these promots as guides. Use one, all or none!

Resilience

During your time abroad, you will inevitably encounter unexpected times. We can either succumb to the pressures, or take the opportunity to grow. Resilience is something we learn and build over time. Think of a time when you faced a challenge. Reflect on your reactions at that time. Use these questions to guide you: What kind of situations stress me out the most? What have I learned about myself and my interactions with others during difficult times? How do I bounce back, if at all? 

Developing Social Capital

When you arrive in a new place, developing a support system is important. In the absence of close family and friends, having a few people you can rely on will enrich your experience. You can also think of this as developing social capital – the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a society, enabling that society to function more effectively. How will you ensure that you develop a strong support network in your new place? Reflect and explain a few strategies. Share your advice!

Adjusting

Sometimes, adjusting to a new environment can be overwhelming, especially trying to get your bearings and operate in another language. It can help to focus on the five senses to ground yourself. Some of your first impression might also make for good story content later on. Consider the following questions to guide you as well: What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you touch? What do you eat? Are all these what you expected?

Empathy

Empathy is often defined as the ability to sense people’s emotions and imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. It is also key to forming meaningful relationship because it helps us understand other’s needs, wants and desires – and what they might expect from us. Briefly describe a person with whom you interact with on a daily basis. What are their attitudes about work? What have you learned from them? What motivates them to do work What challenges might they face?

Culture

Understanding your host family and the local culture beyond just job and familiar titles is an important part of your experience. The lens through which you experience other cultures is often based on your personal identifications and your own diversity wheel. Reflect on this new culture you are experiencing and consider how your biases aid or prevent you from being accepting and open-minded. Have a meaningful conversation with someone apart of your host family and think about what that experience was like.

Unanticipated Encounters

Often, we search to tell a big story when really the most impactful things that happen to us are in the details or the unanticipated encounters. A small piece of your experience could make for an excellent story. Think back on the past few days and see if you can remember something seemingly small that happened, but actually left an impression on you. Share it!

 

Also consider these simple questions:

  • What motivated you to go abroad?
  • What did you wish you knew or had before going abroad?
  • What was the best part of your experience abroad?
  • Do you consider your venture abroad as achieving or exceeding your goals?
  • Do you consider yourself a good ambassador? Are you giving as much as you are receiving from the people and culture hosting you?
  • Do you think that your experience changed your life spiritually, academically, and will it alter your future life, including career choices?
  • Any advice for those wishing to study abroad?