story by Alex Flomo
Public Administration And Policy
I wanted to do something legendary for my family. No one in my immediate family had been to Europe for an extended period of time before me. Thus, I wanted to provide the foundation for my family and my future family to achieve anything that their heart desires.
I was a student at all 5 of the Alamo Colleges from 2010 through 2015. I was fortunate enough to attend many conferences throughout the country and earned many scholarships and awards. I had heard of studying abroad but hadn’t thought much about it until a unique opportunity was presented to me in January of 2013. At the time, my Alamo Colleges Student Leadership Institute instructor, Mrs. Veronica Rosas-Tatum, volunteered me for an international business competition that would change my educational experience!<br/><br><p>I was tasked in January of 2013 to be a part of the first Alamo Community Colleges team to compete in the Free Trade Alliance Education Foundation International Business Plan Program. This competition would encompass 18 teams representing 23 countries in the Undergraduate category. Our team consisted of 5 members from 4 schools and represented 3 different countries.<br/><br><br/>My role was to be the CEO of the Global Leaders Initiative which is the company we created to provide leadership training to 34 partner schools all over the globe. This project was an 11-week process of gathering information, writing both a 1 page and a 12-page proposal and a 5-minute oral presentation. In preparation for the presentation, I had to coordinate with our mentor in Dallas, TX, our team members who were spread all over San Antonio, TX, and ensure we stayed on task weekly. Upon completion of the project, we competed amongst 18 teams in the Undergraduate category. We earned a 3rd place ranking. This was historic in nature because not only were we the first Alamo Community Colleges team, we were also the only Community College team in the nation to compete.<br/> After completing the competition, Ms. Kahala Crayton, and Mrs. Veronica Rosas-Tatum, faculty members of the Alamo Colleges Student Leadership Institute, were impressed to the point that they decided to bring our idea to life. They adopted our overall concept and designed it to be launched as a study abroad program that would encompass the cultural aspects as they relate to learning leadership theory in a/any particular country. After two years of work in defining and refining the concept/project, it became the "Alamo Way in Asia with Student Leadership Institute Partners in Language & Leadership" study abroad program. The program began on May 18, 2015, with a 4-week study at various locations within China and a one-week study in Taiwan, ending on June 25, 2015. The study aboard program was never a goal of mine. However, being goal oriented is what helped me and my team complete the original project that birthed the study abroad program that I participated in. This was a unique opportunity because not only did I study a different culture in its originating country, I also got the opportunity to see the legacy of what I inspired my instructor to work so hard to create.</p>
Ever since I was little I have dreamed of going abroad, whether it was going to be on my own or through an institution. By the time I attended college, I made it my priority to do a study abroad program. I have passion to learn new languages and understand other cultures.
I wanted to study Arabic in order to connect with my family, history, religion, and culture. I previously lived and worked in an Arabic-speaking country and wanted to learn Arabic more formally in order to maintain personal and professional relationships.
<div>I believe studying abroad provides opportunities that just aren't possible staying at home. The chance to learn from other cultures and apply classroom theory in real world situation is something i felt would enhance my undergraduate career.</div>
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