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Why Every Student Should Globalize Himself

My wife and I recently watched an interesting historical fiction movie called “The Physician,” in which a young English lad in the Dark Ages hears of a Persian healer who is training other healers in anatomy and medicine. The young Englishman begins his odyssey to the fabled city of Isfahan in hopes of studying under this […]

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Looking Out for the Outsider

When I was five years old, my parents moved to Australia. As children started first grade at the age of five there, I was thrown right into the deep end. No kindergarten, no cultural orientation class…boom, I was in school. Of course, I had two things working in my favor: 1) I spoke English, albeit a […]

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Stepping Outside, Pt. 3 – How International Experience Will Improve Your Job Prospects

It’s undeniable. We are in a global age where business, education, technology, and entertainment happen on a global scale. Most employers agree on a certain number of advantages that spending time abroad will add to your resumé. According to mba.com, here are six reasons why international experience — whether study abroad, internships, or extended stays — […]

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Two Words that Will Change Your Life

Every year, I take our graduating senior class to lunch to check in with them, take their pulse, and give them a few encouraging words in this very pivotal year in their lives. One thing you will always hear me tell them, year after year, is contained in two words: STEP OUTSIDE. This won’t always […]

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Save the Babies: The Problem with Binary Thinking, Pt. 2

In Part I we discussed the fact that, more often than not, reality is found somewhere between two extremes. The answers to many either/or questions are often both/and. Extremism results from a number of different things, not just the indoctrination of obvious places like a madrasa or a holy roller camp. Two factors I’ve identified […]

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The Power of Practice and Perseverance

I was talking to a colleague today who had been on a trip to Mexico with a group that included a Spanish student of mine. I had taught this young lady, now a high school senior, for three consecutive years and seen her progress from a complete beginner to an avid student of the Spanish […]

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The Problem with Binary Thinking, Part I

Like most of you, I was raised in a Christian family with a very strong sense of right and wrong. The Biblical understanding of good vs. evil  — and by extension, right and wrong — is, in fact, a universally acknowledged human belief, however you choose to frame it.  Good or bad, light or dark, […]

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How Bilingualism Enhances Your Creative Flow

A good friend recently sent me a clip of video philosopher Jason Silva commenting on an article in Fast Company. Silva, who is bilingual and multicultural, resonates with the assertion that those who are bilingual and multicultural have multiplied channels of creativity. This is certainly true of those who are raised in bilingual families. But the benefits […]

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Bill Gates: “I feel pretty stupid that I don’t know any foreign language”

Almost all of us have lived long enough to have regrets. Some of those regrets — like a missed opportunity way back when, or a botched relationship — we can’t always do anything about; but others can be remedied. It’s actually surprising what deficiencies in our lives are within our power to correct. Learning a language […]

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The Reason for My Madness, Part 3

Believe it or not, my memories of the 5-day whirlwind trip through Europe are really sketchy. My guess is that, because it was so much more expensive than the other places we had visited, my parents chose not to hang out too long in each place. Thanks to their network of missionary contacts, we had […]

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