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biggest barrier between my students and me was cultural and
what I expected 22-year-olds would be like. They weren't the
same as I was."
Crossing over that cultural divide was much more difficult
than I anticipated, and if I had serious culture shock on the way
there, it was even more serious on the way home."
"I remember getting back the day before I was supposed to
report for football practice," he says. "It was my senior year and
I was sitting in my dorm room in Iowa listening to the crickets
outside and thinking, 'Where was I? What did I just do, and how
did I get back here?'"
That return shock, he says, has hit many times since.
"I came back from Haiti after the earthquake several years
ago," he says. "It was awful, awful, awful, awful, awful. What you
saw on television doesn't come close to telling the story. There
were human bodies smoldering in the streets-terrible. And the
next thing we knew, we were on a helicopter to the Dominican
Republic, and then on a plane, and then back in New York that
night going out to dinner with friends in this very busy downtown restaurant, having cocktails and being in the middle of this
place that has so much energy. At one point, I wanted to stand
on the chair and say, 'Do you not understand what is going on?
Do you know that you can swim to Haiti from America?' I felt
like that a lot of times coming back from different places."
At the same time, he says, the rewards of his career and travels have been immeasurable.
"I was in Mexico years ago working for CBS. There was a
terrible story about a group of Mexican immigrants who were
coming across the border on a train, and somehow the boxcar
got locked and they ended up on a rail siding and a bunch of
these guys died. It was 117 degrees in the summer in El Paso.
We went to the town and talked with the family members of
these people who climb on trains to go el Norte. We really
felt like we were giving actual flesh and blood to a story that
was, at the time, feeling like not much more than statistics
and numbers and how many people were stopped and how
many made it. We talked with these families and these people
getting on trains, and they were just going to do the jobs that
nobody in America wants to do. It's a real opportunity to get
to do stories like that."
He credits his summer in Taiwan with much of that opportunity and perspective. "You go through this amazing growth
experience," he says. "It was really hard. Conditions were not good.
The food was awful, I had conflicts with the people I was trying to
work with, and it was one really tough summer. But it stretched
me and changed me and helped me grow in amazing ways." IE
KIM FERNANDEZ is a freelance writer in Bethesda, Maryland. Her last
article for IE was "All Smiles," which covered how dentistry programs
are becoming more international with their curricula, in the July/August
2014 issue.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2015

Pathfinders
Job Search: An American Tale
On the Rise
Frontlines
In Brief
Voices
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - 10
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - In Brief
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - Voices
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