Mondays: the older we get, the more we resent them. But this wasn’t always the case–think back to elementary school mornings, to the restless excitement of seeing your friends again after a weekend apart. The Monday highlight was always, always Show & Tell. You would stuff whatever toy or trinket (Tamagotchis, anyone?) had kept you company over the weekend into your L.L. Bean or Hello Kitty backpack, and for a few glorious minutes, everyone was forced to at least feign interest in your story.
In the spirit of reviving tradition, the Off-Campus Study & Exchanges Office instituted the annual Show & Tell contest in 2014. We recognized that same restless excitement in study abroad returnees, who come back to campus eager to share their stories and experiences with friends after months and months apart. And while Mondays have gotten worse, Show & Tell has gotten better–instead of feigned interest, the best story now earns a $500 travel voucher to help go abroad again!
This year, our four contestants represented a variety of cities and programs–from Copenhagen to Jaipur, homestays to internships. Their projects and presentations reflected how formative their abroad experiences were: on their global perspectives, their career goals, their stomachs, their Skidmore experiences, and their identities. Listening to them sparked a fierce and immediate desire to travel about.
The criteria for the competition was as follows:
- Highlighting the following topics: academics, living abroad, coming home
- Visual appeal/use of table space
- Creativity (CTM, right?)
The competitors used photos, journal entries, videos, food, and music to showcase their study abroad experience (one even brought in a 3D printer!). It was truly a joy to listen them, and deciding on the top two presenters was a difficult task.
1st place was awarded to Eliza Dumais, ‘16, who studied abroad her junior spring with SIT in Jaipur, India.
2nd place was awarded to Benjamin Wetherbee, ‘16, who studied abroad his junior year at University College Cork, in Cork, Ireland.
Thank you to all the contestants for their hard work and inspiring presentations, and thank you to the judges and everyone who else came by for Show & Tell! See you next year!