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
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational 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 embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 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.