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seeing the story t hrough
different eyes

F

Freeman Hrabrowski, III

Few people return
from a study abroad
experience without
saying it changed them
in some way. And many
say their time overseas
affects their choice of
career. But for some
professionals, a study
abroad opportunity
has much more farreaching influences,
changing the course
of their lives in ways
they never anticipated.
Four accomplished
professionals share
the story of how their
time studying abroad
influenced their journey
toward fulfilling and
successful careers.

FREEM AN HR ABROWSKI doesn't
mince words when talking about his
semester abroad at the American
University in Cairo in 1968-69.
"It was an amazing experience,"
he says. "It opened my eyes to a totally different world and everything
changed. It really put growing up in
perspective and helped me understand other people."
That, he says, has been pivotal to
the way he's done his job at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County
(UMBC), which attracts students from
more than 100 countries. It's pretty far
from his upbringing in Birmingham,
Alabama, in the middle of the civil
rights movement, and he says his international education experience was key.
Hrabrowski graduated from Hampton University in Virginia at age 18 and
got married the following year before
moving to Illinois for graduate studies.
During their junior year at Hampton,
Hrabrowski and his future wife leapt
at a chance to study in Egypt and go
overseas for the first time. But first,
they set some unique parameters.
"We were determined not to stay
with other Americans," he says. "We
wanted to get to know people from
Egypt and we worked to understand
their perspective and spend time with
them, not just in class but out of class.
We wanted to get beyond the areas
where the tourists went. One of the
first things that hit home was that
perspectives could be very different
depending on what part of the world
one grew up in.
"I learned to think about the media
differently," he says. "I started learning

UMBC

President of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County

that I could see one story through different eyes. I could read something in
Time or Newsweek and see the same
facts but have a different interpretation as someone in another part of
the world. People could mean well
and be telling their truth about the
same facts, and come to different
conclusions. I learned the world was
not simply black and white and I got
the chance to understand the perspectives of different people."
It's something that has served him
well, particularly at UMBC. "It allows
me to relate to and interact comfortably with people who come here from
other countries," he says. "I'm always
working with colleagues to create a
culture that's welcoming, and we're
always encouraging both our American students and our students from
other countries go beyond their comfort zones. It's comfortable for any
human being to be around people like
him- or herself. It takes more courage
and effort to reach beyond one's own
group and get to know people who

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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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