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Photo by Celia Mitchell (2015/16 Semester Photo Contest Entry), Indonesia Semester.

A note on social media

Dear Spring 2020 Travelers,

Your program is just around the corner and we’re sure you’re as excited as we are to see how the semester unfolds! However, while we understand that you’re likely anxious to meet your traveling companions right away, we have a request for you: please don’t seek out your fellow travelers on social media sites (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, etc.) before the course.

Let us explain: it is our intention to provide you with the best Dragons experience possible. Over the past 25 years, we’ve learned that that you will get the most out of your program if you’re able to make fresh introductions on the day your course begins, unfiltered by online profiles and preconceptions. We welcome you to introduce yourself here, and we hope that you will use this site to voice your goals and intentions for the semester. At the same time, we’d like to avoid students forming any sort of “cliques” online before departing on the program. We certainly know that you can all find each other on social media, and while we cannot forbid such networking, we encourage you to abstain from doing so. Instead, we invite you to meet your group without pre-judgment and with a willingness to expose yourself to everything new, different, wild, and other.

In addition, we recommend that you use only your first name in your introduction to give yourself some future privacy, as your posts will remain Googleable far into the future.

We hope that your pre-course preparations are going well. We look forward to connecting with you very soon!

The Dragons Admin Team