Plagiarism: The Gray Area

As students, we are all expected to know what plagiarism is. The Towson University 2014-2015 Student Academic Integrity Policy plainly spells out what plagiarism is: “Presenting work, products, ideas, words, or data of another as one’s own.” This definition covers the basic premise of what it means to steal someone’s work; however, there is a lot of gray area when it comes to what constitutes as plagiarism.

During syllabus week, it is not uncommon for professors to tell horror stories of students they caught plagiarizing work. If a student is caught stealing or copying someone else’s work, or even ideas, they can be subject to failing the course, or even suspension from the university. There are many circumstances where students are penalized, or even failed, for plagiarism without even realizing that they stole anything at all.

“Steal” and “copy” are two words that seem to go hand-in-hand with “plagiarism,” but it doesn’t just stop there. It is easy to fall through the cracks of plagiarism without directly copying and pasting someone’s work. In fact, there are different degrees of severity when it comes to plagiarism.

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Plagiarism can be as minimal as missing page numbers on citations or as severe as blatant theft of content.

The concept of plagiarism can be confusing for a lot of students, so it’s important to know what exactly constitutes as plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Allison Peer, one of the Assistant Directors for the Office of Student Conduct & Civility Education, coordinates the Academic Integrity Process and handles instances when plagiarism has been reported. Allison meets with students who have committed serious forms of plagiarism or second time offenders; however, she also works with students who fall into the “gray area” of plagiarism.

“Students have this pressure to do well,” Peer stated, when asked about the issue of plagiarism. “When you get into a desperate situation, you may be willing to do something you wouldn’t normally do.” This is the same for situations where students may not even realize that what they have done is plagiarism.

Here are some instances of plagiarism that students may not normally consider:

Using previous work without citing yourself

Even though you may have written a paper, done a study, or completed a lab, it is still important to cite yourself if you are using the information elsewhere. If anyone else was to use your work, they would be expected to cite it. So, the same goes for if you are using your own work. Towson is an environmentally friendly campus, but this is the kind of recycling you should avoid.

Reusing work that you have already submitted

Even if the subject matter is similar, the citations are all in order, and you got an A on the assignment, you can absolutely get into trouble by resubmitting work. If you make small changes or move a few sentences around, it will still be considered plagiarism. If you did well the first time, work just as hard on the next assignment and don’t risk failing the assignment because of plagiarism!

Not properly paraphrasing

Paraphrasing can be tricky. It can be difficult to discuss a thought that someone else had without quoting it exactly. When it comes to paraphrasing, you’re best bet is to play it safe; otherwise, it may look like you’re copying someone’s idea, rather than using it to support your own. Try putting away your book or article when you write your notes so you are forced to put the ideas into your own words. Allison Peer often sees students get themselves into trouble for “trying to paraphrase, but not doing so well enough.

Not citing every source

You may have cited most of your sources, but if you leave any out, even one, you are plagiarizing. It can be tedious citing multiple sources and may seem easier to just cite the ones that you relied on the most; however, spending the extra time on citing every source you used will benefit you in the long run.

First Draft Plagiarism

Make sure you properly cite and avoid copying text in your first draft. Even though it is not the finished project, it is still considered plagiarism if you turn in a draft that violates any rules regarding plagiarism. Make sure you include a work cited page or a bibliography, even on your drafts.

False Citations

It is easy to assume that professors aren’t going to check every source you include; however, falsifying citations can get you into serious trouble. Make sure any links you include in your citation are real and lead to the page that you say they do.

How to Avoid Plagiarism

There is a broad spectrum of what can be considered plagiarism and it is important to know what could proxy-url=http%3A%2F%2Fs1.ibtimes.com%2Fsites%2Fwww.ibtimes.com%2Ffiles%2Fstyles%2Fcontributors_nets%2Fpublic%2F2013%2F05%2F31%2Fplaga-main.jpg&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F-potentially compromise your academic integrity. Towson University fosters students to uphold a standard of academic achievement and excellence, so it is important for us, as students, to make sure we avoid falling into pitfalls, such as plagiarism.

If you are ever confused or have questions about plagiarism, there are plenty of resources you can access to get quick answers.

  • Talk to your faculty about their expectations when it comes to plagiarism.
  • plagiarism.org and www.writecheck.com are excellent online resources for checking your work to ensure that you haven’t plagiarized.
  • Check out Towson University’s 2014-2015 Student Academic Integrity Policy. It spells out exactly what the university considers to be plagiarism.
  • The Writing Center and The Office of Student Conduct and Civility Education are always willing to help and answer questions regarding plagiarism.
  • The Albert S. Cook Library also has tons of resources on how to avoid plagiarism, as well as citation help guides that can save you from making simple citation mistakes.

It can be tricky to stay out of the gray area of plagiarism, but when in doubt, just make sure you are using proper citations and giving credit where credit is due. Be sure to familiarize yourself with what plagiarism is and how to avoid getting caught up in it.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.towson.edu/studentaffairs/judicialaffairs/index.asp
http://www.osrr.calpoly.edu/plagiarism/
http://www.plagiarism.org/plagiarism-101/what-is-plagiarism/
http://cooklibrary.towson.edu/avoidingPlagiarism.cfm
http://thevisualcommunicationguy.com/2014/09/16/did-i-plagiarize-the-types-and-severity-of-plagiarism-violations/

Conor Reynolds
A-LIST Student, Cook Library
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In the Name of Love: The Liberal Arts

LYMgpaMy first career fair experience was less than stellar. I was at a conference for college women in leadership, and becoming more and more aware of my impending entrance into the “real world” after graduation. I’d never been to a job fair before, and thought this a perfect opportunity to give it a shot. But I didn’t expect my major to count against me in this setting.

I walked through the rows of tables a few times, not really seeing anyone I was overly interested in. I finally settled on a setup with an eye-catching, colorful logo, and approached one of the recruiters with my resume in hand. As I introduced myself and explained that I was looking for a job after graduation, I watched with growing dismay as her expression clouded.

“So, why exactly are you here?” she asked, gesturing toward her table. “You’re an art history major.”

My confidence was shaken after that, and I was greeted with more or less the same response from the other recruiters I spoke with throughout the day. No matter what other skills I mentioned having, no one was interested or took me very seriously. One recruiter actually broke off my conversation mid-sentence to speak with another student behind me with a more promising resume.

What was I doing wrong? Was my lack of self-assurance that palpable? I wasn’t sure what to think. I found myself feeling more scared than ever about the future. How was I ever supposed to support myself if everyone was so dismissive, simply because of my degree?

It took me a few months to get out of this mindset. I knew my parents had been somewhat bewildered when I finally settled on Art History as my degree; my love of ancient Egyptian art had drawn me in, and by my first semester of my senior year, I was enamored with the world of art analysis, and ways art reflected or rejected societal values during the time it was created. I wouldn’t have pegged myself for an art historian during my freshman year, but I was happy.

Now, it seemed, the rest of the world didn’t agree I had made a smart decision. I had an art history degree—thus I could only discuss art. I had no other skills that could be applied to other industries. I had been reduced to my degree alone, boxed in based on the stereotype of my field held by others outside of the discipline.

choosing-a-major It took a lesson in my Research Methods class this past fall to get me thinking differently. Much of the class was career-oriented, so we talked about the job search struggle that art history majors often face when coming out of college. As I had suspected before, this isn’t a problem unique to this discipline, and it is all too common for undergraduates with Liberal Arts degrees. For one lesson, we practiced writing cover letters for any position, highlighting skills that a degree in art history enables a student to develop. These skills are by no means only applicable to the field of art history; in fact, many are desired in almost every office or place of business. What employer wouldn’t want an employee with ample experience in critical thinking and written communication? We discussed these things at length in my class, and it was very eye-opening for me.

Sadly, these negative views of Liberal Arts degrees are still prevalent enough that classroom lessons like the ones I had in Research Methods are necessary talking points for students in these degree programs. I understand how harmful this mindset is to students in Liberal Arts and Fine Arts colleges. With my English minor, I traverse both schools, and have often been asked what I can do with my degrees. It’s a question that invalidates the interests of the student in question, as well as all the hard work they are doing at school, simply because these degrees don’t lead to a single visible career path. And that is a problem that scholars and journalists have started to tackle on the national level. Articles have been written in The New York Times and Huffington Post that explain the relevance and necessity of a Liberal Arts education, and the value of these graduates in the workforce. A 2013 HuffPost Business article by Tyler Kingkade mentioned that according to one recent study, only 16% of employers said having background that applies to a specific field is the most important criterion they seek, while a majority of employers said they look for grads with both field-specific skills and a broad range of knowledge for longer-term career advancement. You can read the actual study here if you wish.

A degree does not necessarily guarantee you a spot in that field, either. There is no way to tell where your life will take you when you are fresh out of your undergrad years. Take, for example, the staff here at Towson’s Academic Advising Center. I’ve been employed there as a Student Academic Advisor for most of my undergraduate career, and actually learned a lot about how unexpected career paths can be through my interaction with the advisors there. In our office, we have individuals who have Bachelor’s degrees in everything from English to Sociology to Theatre to Political Science. Ergo, studying a discipline in college does not necessarily mean you will end up in that field. But having studied it shapes the way you view the world and communicate with others, so the skills you gained in school are still relevant throughout the course of your career.

Months ago, I would have been uncertain, maybe even ashamed, when someone brought up my degree, and how “useless” it is. But now, I can confidently say that I am in no way limited just to art analysis. I refuse to let others tell me that I will not succeed because I did not choose the sciences or a business degree. I am a creative thinker, and a skilled communicator—both of which are necessary no matter where you work. I did not select my major based on high employment rates. I chose it because I love it. And I would urge all students to do the same. If your heart lies with Astrophysics, go for it. If you have always dreamed of working on advertising campaigns, get a degree in Marketing and Advertising. And if you have always been interested in sculpture, major in Art and Design.

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Graduated with a Degree in the Liberal Arts

Don’t be afraid to pursue what you love in college, simply because you love it. And do not force yourself into a program just because it will lead to high-paying job once you graduate, because you will do better academically, and do better in a career, if you genuinely enjoy what you are doing. There are merits to every program. Be the person that changes someone’s mind about the value of a Liberal Arts degree.

Stephanie Andrews
Student Advisor
Academic Advising Center

Basketball, You, and Peer Review

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We just finished up March and college basketball is no longer everywhere, all the time. However, for a non-insignificant portion of Americans, the work for March Madness was actually done at the end of February setting up brackets. Some people were influenced by their home states (Woo, Terps!) or their alma mater (Woo, IU!), but with 64 teams from all over the country, you had to have been watching an awful lot of basketball to create a bracket based solely on your own personal knowledge.

Enter the basketball analysts.  These are the folks who live and breathe the sport and are the absolute experts.  These are the people that break down the intricacies of each match up: the style each team plays, the probabilities of an upset or a blowout, the strengths and weaknesses of each individual player.  They are often wrong, but they are right significantly more often than someone who isn’t paid to think about these things every second of the day.

This is because they are experts in their field – they are authorities. But, if you are going to the game and want to know where in town to eat dinner or how to get from a hotel to the stadium they are not the people you ask. If you are writing a paper on March Madness marketing and why it works, they are also not the people you cite. For the former, you might ask a local, who is an expert on their town. For the latter, you would look for sports marketing authorities. As expert as they might be at understanding college basketball stats, there’s no guarantee that they have the knowledge to answer those questions.

This is a concept that I like to call “situational authority.” Simply put, the authorities on a given topic are going to vary depending on the topic. And the specific definition of what it means to be an authority will also vary by topic. But, then, how do you know who the authorities are? Regardless of the topic, a good authority will be able to:

  1. Back up their opinion with evidence
  2. Tell you where they got their information
  3. Have relevant credentials
  4. Have the respect and support of other authorities

Paying attention to situational authority is all about combining a healthy cynicism about when people call themselves authorities with an understanding of the work and background that makes an authority. It’s about being able to look at a situation and asking yourself whose opinion and work on this subject should be most trusted.

TV Commercial – AT&T March Madness Legends: “Bracket Curls”

TV Commercial – AT&T March Madness Legends: “Bracket Curls”

So, let’s take our basketball pundit working on ESPN and talking about the March Madness matchups. They will tell you how each team has performed in certain situations in the past (#1) and probably provide some footage or cite some statistics (#2). More often than not they are a former coach or player, but at the very least have a proven history of knowing basketball really well (#3). And ESPN is the respected outlet for sports news and has given this person the stamp of approval for them to be on their show (#4).

But if you change the focus to marketing, and understanding how to market basketball to viewers and non-viewers, you want someone who doesn’t just know basketball, but understands marketing too. The situation has changed, so our pundits are no longer experts. What you want here is a marketing professional or scholar.

When your professor says that they want you to use peer-reviewed journal articles, what they are really saying is that they want you to use sources your professor recognizes as authoritative in your scholarly situation. When scholars do work, they might consult non-scholars here and there, but the people that they consider the authorities are other scholars. The peer review process is meant to ensure that a scholar does appropriate research for their argument (#1), cites properly (#2), and has studied the topic properly (#3) before an article gets published in a respected peer-reviewed journal (#4). For more information on peer review check out a video on scholarly v. popular resources, peer review in 3 minutes, or this PDF guide on “What is Peer Review.”

To summarize: Uncle Joe might have lots of opinions about your March Madness bracket, but I’m going with ESPN. ESPN might have lots of opinions about what Uncle Joe wants to see, but Uncle Joe is the expert on Uncle Joe.   ESPN and Uncle Joe might both have lots of opinions about the psychology of March Madness viewers, but I’m going with a peer-reviewed psychology journal over them both.

Megan Browndorf
Research & Instruction Librarian
Cook Library

Feeling Stuck? Your Ticket to RIO Awaits!

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Ever feel overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings? Does frustration or worry ever cause you to avoid activities or experiences? If so, you are definitely not alone. All of us struggle at times with painful feelings or thoughts that can get in the way of us fully experiencing all that life has to offer. As a student, there are many ways in which you might notice these tendencies. You might feel so anxious about a class that you avoid going to it, or so overwhelmed by conflict with a friend that you stop hanging out together. You might feel so uncertain about your major or career that it’s hard to even imagine starting to explore your options.

At the Counseling Center, we are offering a new service that directly targets these issues. This 3-session workshop helps you to understand yourself better and make more conscious decisions about your behaviors to help you maximize your potential for success and fulfillment. The workshop is not about making your problems go away. It’s more about changing the way that they affect your life. When we are able to reorient ourselves in how we understand and respond to problems, we are better able to make healthy choices in our lives. The workshop is called RIORecognition, Insight, Openness.

The first session focuses on RECOGNITION. Recognition is about taking time to notice and identify our uncomfortable thoughts and feelings and when or how we may be stuck. We practice looking at our experiences in an accepting way, without judgment. Recognition is like looking at a map and figuring out where you are now, which is important if you want to be able to make decisions about where you want to go next.

The second session focuses on INSIGHT. In this session, we learn more about our internal experiences and their purpose. For example, if you touch something that is hot, you feel a painful burning sensation. The purpose of the pain is to alert you that something is amiss and needs your attention. Similarly, understanding what our internal experiences are trying to tell us can help us get unstuck.

Finally, the third session focuses on OPENNESS. Openness is about self-acceptance, letting yourself be where you are right now, and also allowing yourself to move forward in desired directions. Change is helpful when we want to adjust something that is outside of us. Openness is helpful when we are experiencing uncomfortable thoughts or feelings inside of us. We can learn to accept the discomfort and at the same time commit to a valuable course of action.

We welcome you to contact the Counseling Center at 410-704-2512 to ask about the RIO workshop. Also, visit our mindfulness webpage for lots of great resources related to these strategies and skills: http://www.towson.edu/counseling/resources/mindfulness.asp

Dr. Mollie Herman, PhD
Associate Director / Training Director
The Counseling Center

Get Engaged: Pump Up Your Campus Jamz!

So, spring break is oblog1ver (so short. always, so short) and snow days have had the same fate as ‘fetch.’ Well, in terms of them never happening, that is.

As we now move into one of the busiest times of the year (and the glorious and inevitable end of the academic year), there is still considerable time to draw from and engage with your community.

Engagement looks different for different people. It could mean how connected you are to your classroom experience and your professor. It could stand for how invested you are in the culture and building of Towson University. For some, engagement means prioritizing their co-curricular interests and endeavors on the same level as their academics. For others, it might mean being present at a few large community events or showing up to meetings and listening to what’s brewing on the student organization platform. For many still, engagement means connecting with the world through social media and lending their voice and ‘likes.’ Student engagement and leadership can also become an oft-repeated cliché as some are only looking to participate in things that boost their resume and/or career potential. I mean, is that so wrong after all? Isn’t that why you’re in school? (I’m withholding judgment, and asking you, but as you ponder about why engagement is for you…)

  • Shake it off

It can be challenging to add something new or additional to your plate at this point in the semester. It can also be hard to get excited about said new thing because of academic and social obligations you might already have. However, remember that engagement has been proven time and time again to enhance the experience of college students and to positively impact academic success. Don’t overthink involvement as a failed cause because it’s late in the semester. You don’t need to join five new groups. One will do just fine. Shake it off and dive in.

  • If you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it

blog2You don’t want to regret not meeting more people and learning new ideas when college is over. Time flies when you’re having fun, but lucky for you, college is (at least) four years long. It’s hard to keep up with all the great causes you can sign up to be involved with on and off-campus. But don’t get stuck in the rut of analysis-paralysis. If you’ve had a cause that interests you (and it’s been on your radar for a while), make a commitment to learn more about how you can become involved with it before the end of this school year! Commitment doesn’t have to be a demanding process; start slow with a few areas of interest and determine if you want to increase your level of involvement through leadership opportunities. Thriving tigers make sure to give their interests and subsequent engagement a chance.

  • And we’re still waiting. Waiting on the world to change

So you’ve narrowed down your interest and causes but still can’t find the courage and inspiration to commit? A gentle reminder: causes, big or small, need all kinds of people, skills and energies to excel. We all offer unique insights based on our cultural backgrounds and experiences. You may not think your group participation and contributions will be grand (and subsequently world-changing!), but your engagement and presence not only shifts your experience on campus, it also has a domino effect on the lived experiences of those around you. Carl Jung once said that “the meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” Don’t just wait for the world to change and transform. Go out there and do your part.

  • Don’t brag about it, come show me

We all have something we do like a boss. Whether it’s your organizational skills, your social butterfly rep, or your ability to get others interested in a cause, hone into your ‘skill set’ and start exploring where you can put it to good use. Not sure what your skill set entails? Think about things that you do on the reg without any real effort and thought, but people often point out and admire/compliment you on that quality or qualities. That is your natural skill set.

College can be a great place to start exploring the many ways to get involved with your community, whether it’s through community service, retreats and conferences or student organizations. Once you narrow down your interest areas and natural skill sets, connect the two to start determining how best to engage with a group or cause. Happy engaging!

Inspired to learn more about involvement opportunities with multicultural student organizations on campus? Contact the Center for Study Diversity for more information or visit www.towson.edu/diversity/multicultural.

Mahnoor Ahmed, M.S.
Women’s Resources, Center for Student Diversity

Get Hired Today! Tips on Improving your Resume and 30-Second Commercial

Is this how you feel when you think about preparing your resume and how you will introduce yourself to employers?1

Getting Started

Preparing your resume and 30-second commercial can be intimidating, especially when you aren’t sure where to begin. As a student, I can completely sympathize with this feeling. I remembe2r coming to Towson University as a freshman with the hopes of finding a job to gain experience and earn some extra spending money. As many of you know, this is often easier said than done. The first on-campus job fair I attended was in the fall of my freshman year. I felt confident in my resume- I mean it was good enough to land me an acceptance to the university, so it should have been good enough to get me hired as well, right? I wish I knew then what I know now.

Resumes

Never hand out your resume without having it reviewed. This was the worst mistake I made. While I had the desirable skills and passion to succeed in any company that was willing to hire me, my resume did not reflect this. The resume you complete in applying to college or grad school is completely different than the resume you submit to potential employers. Also, never attend a job fair with only one copy of your resume. For some reason I thought I would just show off my resume and not actually hand it to employers to keep. This was clearly a bad idea looking back, so bring at least 15 copies to the Spring Mega Job Fair Thursday, March 26 in order to find a full-time, part-time, internship, or summer job!

3If you are in the position I was in, you are probably thinking, “What if you don’t have any experience because you have never had a job before?” No problem. As a student you have taken many classes. Look at the job description, do some research into the company, and determine classes that might be applicable. If the company is looking for someone with team skills, list the name of a course you have taken where group work was required, and explain your role. Employers receive tens of thousands of resumes. When determining who earns a spot to interview, they quickly glance at your resume for 30 seconds, or less if they find a mistake! That’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself.

But before you start to panic, here are some easy tips to perfect your resume:

  • Make sure everything you include on your resume is relevant to the position
  • Make sure all of your resume is proofread and perfect- NO MISTAKES ALLOWED!
  • Put your education as the first section and list out the degree you are earning (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in…)
  • Use an action verb to start every bullet when describing your skills or experience in a positon
  • Do not use full sentences
  • Put the most recent experiences first

Networking

Okay, so now that we have your resume covered, let’s talk about how to properly network. I’m sure many 4of you are thinking, “I know how to talk to people.” But do you really? If so, that’s great. If not, let’s get you prepared to do so.

Think of yourself as a product, let’s say an iPhone. Like the iPhone, you have many great skills and features that other people might not have. If Apple never marketed their iPhone when it was first designed would people have bought it? Of course not. So why should anyone hire you if you can’t sell yourself? So think about your 30-second commercial, craft it, and perfect it today!

  • Take out a sheet of paper and start writing down ideas
  • What makes you unique? You should have more to say about yourself than “I am a student at Towson University…”
  • Practice your speech with your friends and family

The Future

6Now let’s focus on your real concern: your future. I’m sure your parents and friends are asking you, “What are you doing with your degree?” “Can you really get a job with that degree?” “Will you find a job after graduation?” Maybe you aren’t really concerned about it at the moment, but in the back of your mind it haunts you. Past graduates from TU recommend that current students start looking to gain experience now. The earlier you obtain experience, the better. Don’t wait until your senior year to find an internship! Use your resume and the 30-second commercial you just perfected to earn you the opportunity to gain experience in your desired field. Sometimes by interning you can determine if a career is really for you, or if you should take a different path.

For more information, contact the Career Center by calling 410-704-2233 or visiting www.towson.edu/careercenter.

Amanda Sands
Marketing Intern and Public Speaking Intern
Career Center

Climb a Mountain, See the World!

3 “Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.”
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

I thought that I had an exciting life until I flew across the country and immersed myself in Alaska’s rich wildlife. This past fall semester I studied in Juneau, Alaska through Towson University’s National Student Exchange program. I had the most incredible, breathtaking experiences of my entire life. I feel as if I saw the world, but in reality I was in Southeast Alaska the duration of my stay. Once I was able to lose my inclination to a comfortable life style, I was then able to make my adventure possible.

We climbed a new mountain every weekend. Juneau is covered in huge mountains that surround every road, walkway, lake, ocean clearing, and town. An ice field runs through Juneau and can be seen from the town. One of the spots where the ice field is visible is the Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier is a five-minute drive from The University of Alaska Southeast, the school I studied at, so my friends and I would visit often. There are several hiking trails, a place to eat lunch, and facts about its history. Some of my favorite memories took place at the glacier, from watching the northern lights dancing together in their green and red strands, to climbing underneath of it into an ice cave.
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One of my favorite mountains is called Thunder Mountain. The sun was out the day we climbed, which is not taken for granted in Juneau’s temperate rainforest climate. After several hours of uphill climbing, we reached the clouds. We kept climbing until, suddenly, we were above the clouds. Once we reached the top, I felt as if I was someone who was seeing for the first time. Everything was beautiful.

I was away for fall semester, making it my first year away from home for Thanksgiving. It ended up being one of the most memorable Thanksgiving weekends. Juneau does not have any roads that lead out of it, so the only way out is by a water ferry or by plane. Many people who live in Juneau travel by ferry often, and they refer to it as a “water taxi”. My exchange friends and I took a “water taxi” to Haines, a different part of Southeast Alaska.

In Haines, we visited a wildlife sanctuary. This is a place where specialists hold onto and take care of abused, injured and abandoned wildlife. At the sanctuary, we saw a grizzly bear, howled with a wolf, saw reindeer, a lynx, foxes, and kissed a moose! I was face-to-face, or lip-to-lip in the moose’s case, with animals that people go their entire lives without seeing. Over our Haines trip, my close friends in Alaska became my family.

I have always wanted to go to Alaska and I never knew why. When I stepped out of the plane and was welcomed by beautiful mountains, it became obvious to me why Alaska has consumed all of my dreams. If you have a dream, do not let it slip between your fingers. Go to new, beautiful places, and meet new, beautiful people. I listened to Jon Krauker’s advice, and I lost my inclination to a life of security, conformity, and conservation. I urge you to do the same by making your wildest dreams your reality. 4

Experience life from a different point of view! The National Student Exchange (NSE) program provides opportunities for undergraduates to study at another NSE university in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and several universities in Canada while paying tuition and fees to Towson. To be eligibility to apply, students must have a full-time academic load with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Why students participate in NSE?…to broaden their perspectives, explore new culture, explore new areas of study, learn from different professors, access new courses, break out of their comfort zones, experience personal growth, meet new people, make new friends, live in a different area, investigate graduate schools, seek future employment, and, of course, become more independent! Sammi David, recent NSE alum, shares her experience.

What is the cost to participate in NSE? Can students apply for financial aid?
– Students exchange on the Plan B payment option, which means they pay their normal tuition/fees to Towson. Room and meals are always paid to the host campus. Yes. Towson students apply for financial aid at Towson.

Are there time limits for exchange? Is it possible to extend an exchange?
– Students can exchange for a semester or two but no more than a year. An exchange of one term may be extended to total no more than a year as long as the Towson and host coordinators agree to it in writing.

How can the student make sure the coursework from the host campus counts at Towson?
– Students will work with the NSE coordinator and department advisor to complete the NSE Petition to Transfer Courses form prior to leaving Towson. The student is responsible for having an official transcript sent to Towson. Courses completed at the host campus calculate into the cumulative GPA.

Visit the national website at www.NSE.org. Interested students may contact Kerica Henlon, Towson NSE Coordinator, at khenlon@towson.edu, 410-704-3405, and/or Lecture Hall building, room 5 for details.

Kerica Henlon
National Student Exchange Coordinator
Academic Advising Center

Sammi David
Towson University Student
National Student Exchange Participant

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