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Study abroad opens new doors and hones interests
Emily Crawford ‘15

Emily Crawford '15

A study abroad trip to The Gambia allowed Emily Crawford '15 the chance to get a once-in-lifetime look at another education system.

Able to create her own independent study while studying in Gambia, Crawford focused on understanding why students there are prevented from progressing through their education system.

She interviewed professionals at schools and education-based nonprofit organizations and spoke with the students about the obstacles they faced.

"I learned a lot about the education system that I would not have otherwise noticed as a student temporarily studying at the University of The Gambia. As someone who's interested in the power of education and in transforming educational policy, it gave me incredible insight," Crawford says.

Since graduating, Crawford has been working as a remedial literacy tutor in the Americorps program in the Denver area. She provides one-on-one reading interventions to kindergarten to third graders who are performing below their grade level.

Crawford plans to continue impacting education by working in schools or education-based nonprofits when her Americorps service concludes.

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