Seth WeilAsst. Dir. of Campus Relations & Custom Programs

    Q&A With Marketing & Campus Relations Team Member: Seth

    Q: What do you do at BCA Study Abroad? What is your favorite part of your job?

    A: I am the Campus Relations Manager at BCA Study Abroad. In my role I manage relationships with college\university partners, lead strategic enrollment initiatives, and works with students to make study abroad a reality. My favorite part of my job is meeting with students on campuses across the US and helping them start the study abroad process.

     

    Q: What is your favorite travel memory?

    A: When I was 10 my family temporarily moved to Israel. I have a vivid memory of leaving the airport in Tel Aviv, getting into a car, and driving to our new apartment. I could not stop staring out the window and trying to absorb everything around me. The environment I suddenly found myself in was so different then anything I had experienced before and this was a pivotal moment that sparked my interest in international travel and intercultural exchange.

     

    Q: What is one piece of advice you would give a student thinking about studying abroad?

    A: Ask questions! There are a lot of study abroad programs available to students and each program offers a different type of experience. I know this can be overwhelming and that is why study abroad staff on your home campus and at study abroad organizations are here to help. Ask questions, learn about the programs and make a decision that is best for you.

     

    Q: Do you have any pets?

    A: Unfortunately I don’t have a pet. My job has me traveling quite a bit which makes having a pet difficult.

     

    Q: Did you study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to study abroad?

    A: I studied abroad 3 times in college. I studied abroad in Newcastle, Australia during my junior year of college and I completed two short term programs in Cordoba, Argentina and The Dominican Republic. I have always been fascinated by travel and I knew it was something I wanted to do when in college.

     

    Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

    A: Cookie Dough

     

    Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

    A: When I am not working I like to be active and outdoors.  I also like to explore new places, cook, travel, and work on my photography.

     

    Q: Before you travel to a new place what research do you do to learn about the host community, local cultures or the impact of your visit?

    A: Before I travel anywhere I spend a lot of time reading up on the history and cultural practices of the area or areas I will be traveling to. It is important for me to understand the cultural context of the local customs and practices that I will experience. As an ethical world traveler it is important to me that my time in each location I travel to is not detrimental or exploitative. You cannot be prepared for everything, however I take the necessary steps to ensure that I am as educated as possible before I step on the plane.