Reflecting the strategic importance of global education, St.
John’s continues to expand its efforts to share information
with students about the study abroad experience. Recently, the
University made its online KAPLAN
Global Explorers’ Blog
interactive, enabling readers to post questions and receive answers
from study abroad bloggers.
“Our goal is to give students as much information as possible to
make it easier for them to select a destination country,” said
Shannon Okuonghae, Coordinator of Student
Services. The Blog is available on the St. John’s web site.
The Blog has been attracting increasing student interest since the
Office of Global Studies launched it in
September 2010. “Readers appreciate being able to get a concrete
preview of what it is like to live and study overseas,” said
Shannon. The number of students who want to be bloggers has
actually doubled. Participants have a strong desire to document
their life-altering experiences,” said Shannon. “They also receive
a $250 Kaplan Global Explorer Scholarship at the end of the
The scholarship is made possible by a joint venture between St.
John’s and KAPLAN Test Prep and Admissions. “Our
relationship stems from a mutual dedication to providing a
well-rounded 21st Century education which integrates global travel
and service,” said Judy Chen, Director of Business Affairs and
“The Blog raises the level of campus awareness of the benefits of
living and studying abroad,” she noted. “In fact, since we
encourage our student Explorers to feel free to express themselves
openly and honestly, the blogs can make truly compelling