An Excursion into British Culture: Life of an FIE Intern by Khelan Todd

Many will remember Khelan Todd, a postgraduate student from Ball State University who interned with us over the summer. Before leaving, Khelan wrote the following piece on his professional development while at FIE:

I have been with the Foundation for International Education for seven weeks now and it has been an amazing experience so far. Before starting here I was under the impression that it would not be that challenging to get acclimated, I could not have been more wrong. However, this is the best way to learn, by doing.  British work culture is extremely different than American work culture.  One of the reasons why I chose to pursue an abroad opportunity in London was the shared native language of both countries. However, I learned very quickly that the languages could not be more different. The office at FIE is one that is relaxed which is then conditioned to breed creativity and high levels of productivity. 

This experience has had a transformative effect on my life and the expectations that I now have for my next professional position.  Recently, I have been interviewing for Higher Education Administration positions and I have noticed a shift in how I respond to questions and the questions that I then ask are different than before.  I know that this experience has directly impacted me in ways that I will realize more once I return to the states. However, I am noticing a different type of growth that can only attributed to the opportunity to get to know myself more by being more uncomfortable.  When you are in a state of that isn’t particularly comfortable for you, you are forced to do more self-searching and examining only to find that you had within you to make it all along.

I would say that the environment at FIE seems to be one that fosters and empowers professionals to gain experience, develop their craft, and is truly student-focused.


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