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education "a resource that students will use" "It's a global world, and having a global perspective is necessary," Lurie emphasizes. From Weston to the World "Knowing other languages becomes more important, and having familiarity with a foreign Last year, the Abroad101 team moved into a country is a crucial part of an education." new office near Boston's South Station. "It's Stone agrees. "For a lot of students, study overseas is the first time they're forced out of their the first time we've had our own dedicated comfort zones, which is healthy," he points out. "It leads to enhanced understanding of approaching office since working out of the basement in problems in a more dynamic way, and it's very useful for them as they move into the workforce." Weston," says Stone proudly. Some of the founders' earliest international experiences continue to resonate today. As proof, Stone recounts his first travel experience at Weston High School in 2001. "My French teacher, Glenn Perrin, basically twisted my arm to join the tenth grade trip to France, because he knew the impact it would have," he says. "And Mr. Perrin was correct—I became much more of an involved high schooler when I returned. It instilled a globalized perspective in me, and it forced us American teens to think of ourselves as members of a worldwide society. It's a view we all brought back to our hometown, which is very powerful." Today, Weston High School continues to offer foreign travel as part of a high school education, setting the stage for curious high schoolers to become globally engaged adults. The public schools in the town support international experiences from Uganda to France, China to Brazil. "Our hope is that Abroad 101 is a resource We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 that students will use and remember as providing meaningful input into their positive study abroad experience," says Lurie. "We want to help students find the experience that's best for them, and play a key role in how they ultimately think about the world." 158

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