For Sarah Chandlee, study abroad was a chance to fulfill her dream of working on an archeological excavation in Egypt. She spent a summer in the small town of Timai al-Amdid north of Cairo, the first TU student to study in Egypt. During her work there, Sarah handled, cleaned, analyzed and sorted artifacts, some as much as 2000 years old. She used cutting-edge technology of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to analyze ancient relics. While abroad, Sarah became the type of archeologist you see in the movies. For graduate students, such as Sarah, an experience abroad can directly advance their research, make professional connections, build a resume, and gain some international experience.
Her experience in Egypt served as the basis of her M.A. thesis in Anthropology: Archaeology. Though Sarah will be pursuing her PhD in Archaeology at UCLA, she plans to return to Tell Timai for the next season of excavation, and hopefully many more.
She encourages any grad student to go abroad, saying, “Not only will you make friends that last a lifetime, but you will also have unforgettable memories and many more doors to choose from as you continue your education or career after TU. You’ll also find that the Graduate School and the CGE will provide plenty of encouragement and support for your study abroad journey.”