After graduating in June 2015, Bridget O’Toole decided to return to Kalamazoo College to help students make a decision that she herself made just a few years ago: whether (or not) to study abroad.
As the Assistant to the Acting Director, O’Toole helps students through the whole process of studying abroad as well as answering questions from students who aren’t sure if they want to take the step or not. O’Toole began her position in October.
She herself studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal, which gives her a unique perspective on the application process.
“I know that the application process can be really stressful,” O’Toole said from experience.
O’Toole acts as a resource for students evaluating study abroad at any stage, from the application process to deciding what program fits best for their major.
“I’m not only experienced but able to help the students make these big decisions,” O’Toole said.
O’Toole added that there are programs that can fit for students who have special commitments and are tied to their responsibilities here, such as athletes or double majors who have a time limits.
“It is a big decision” – she said of the decision to study abroad. “I highly recommend it as something that can be a great asset to your education. It is really a great opportunity.”
O’Toole highlighted the flexibility of the programs as well as the merits of studying abroad.
“It is not for everybody, but for the people that are considering it I would highly recommend getting off campus and getting out there in the world and see how you contribute,” O’Toole said. “It’s definitely an opportunity to grow and learning in a different way that is not being on campus.”
Students that are thinking about studying abroad or that have any questions can come to Bridget’s office at the CIP in Dewing on Thursdays from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm or make an appointment by e-mail at Bridget.Otoole@kzoo.edu.