Global learning is key at Appalachian. Here students leave North Carolina for study and cultural exchange in Barcelona, London and Paris. Shane Zimmerman ’13 discovers global thinking and learns how “our actions back home can affect the world.”
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
Shane Zimmerman ’13: The world is becoming so international now that we cannot only think of our small town as being,“That’s it.” We need to think more globally and about the way our actions back home can affect places around the world. It’s mind opening and to be able to take that back and share it with my peers, my teachers, being able to tie the classroom setting to real world situations is, in every way, amazing.
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