Study Abroad Fair Chalking

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I work as an administrative intern at my university’s Study Abroad Office and to advertise for our study abroad fair last October, it was my job to write chalk messages around campus to raise awareness for the event.

I wrote a few travel quotes such as:

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“When in doubt travel”

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“It’s not about the destination it’s about the journey”

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“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer $$ (figuratively)”

I had to get a permission slip signed (otherwise, the Student Affairs Office claimed they’d wash away any chalk that wasn’t approved), I couldn’t have any chalk drawings/writing under overhangs, and I could only reserve up to three days in a row for chalking. After the second day, it rained and the chalk was washed away. Thankfully, a lot of my friends told me they had seen the messages on their way to class or on the way back to their dorms. People also asked me about the fair while I was chalking in the late evening and I gladly gave them all of the details they needed.

Chalking was fun, but it made me miss going through the process of going abroad too. That’s precisely why I’m going abroad again to Spain for an International Business class during Spring Break (so excited!).  It makes me happy to think that some of the students currently going to study abroad for spring semester may have seen the chalk and decided to give studying abroad a chance. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made so I’m glad to be able to help others find their own dream destinations.

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