BOONE, N.C. — This year has provided many opportunities to develop new perspectives. Appalachian State University’s Office of International Education and Development (OIED) invited students, faculty and staff to express their perspectives by submitting photos taken during international education experiences — capturing local atmosphere, street life, landscapes, architecture, people and activities.
Each year OIED sponsors this photography contest, and winning photos are announced at App State’s Global Symposium during International Education Week (IEW). This year’s event was held virtually Oct. 28.
The pandemic closed the shutter on international travel for the last portion of the 2019–20 academic year, so OIED incorporated the year’s challenges in the photo contest theme — “2020 Resiliency” — and introduced five contest categories:
- First photograph taken abroad, with a description of why the entrant snapped the picture.
- New friendships, with a description of the relationship and why it was meaningful.
- Culture shock, representing a subject the photographer didn’t expect to learn about or find.
- What you miss the most about being abroad, representing a fond memory from travelers’ international experience — from food, to people, to natural beauty.
- Travel interrupted, representing travel cut short by the pandemic.
With 35 entries, participation in the contest was about one-fourth of the number of entries in a typical year, said Mark Hagen, OIED’s assistant director of education abroad. Recognizing the unusual circumstances — and new perspectives — of this year’s applicants, Hagen said the IEW committee decided to declare all entries as winners, embodying this year’s resiliency contest theme.
This photo gallery includes a sampling of the contest’s 35 entries. To view all entries, visit this virtual album.
For more information about IEW worldwide, visit https://iew.state.gov.
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About the Office of International Education and Development
The OIED is responsible for spearheading the internationalization efforts at Appalachian. The internationalization mission of Appalachian is to develop awareness, knowledge, appreciation and respect of cultural differences in both domestic and international contexts in its students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities. The university is also dedicated to creating a campus environment that builds the theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in a global society. Learn more at https://international.appstate.edu.
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.